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verb [transitive] isolate pronunciation in British English /ˈaɪsəleɪt/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyisolate
he/she/itisolates
present participleisolating
past tenseisolated
past participleisolated
  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.
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    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.
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    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
    Any move to isolate Britain would be very damaging to business.
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