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verb [transitive] isolate pronunciation in American English /ˈaɪsəˌleɪt/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleisolating
past tenseisolated
past participleisolated
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  1. 1
    to keep someone in a place away from other people
    isolate someone from something: Important witnesses are isolated from the media for their own safety.
    1. a.
      to keep a person or animal separate from others because they might have a disease that others could catch
      All the patients known to have been in contact with the virus were immediately isolated.
    2. b.
      to separate something such as an idea or a problem from others so that you can consider it by itself
      We need to isolate the cost of absenteeism to see how big the problem is.
  2. 2
    to prevent a country or group from communicating with, doing business with, or getting support from other countries or groups
    The plan was to isolate the Bosnian Serbs until they agreed to the peace treaty.


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