isolate - definition and synonyms

verb [transitive] 

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present tense
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.

    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

    Any move to isolate Britain would be very damaging to business.