Definition of Isolate

1. Verb. Place or set apart. "They isolated the political prisoners from the other inmates"

2. Verb. Obtain in pure form. "The chemist managed to isolate the compound"
Category relationships: Chemical Science, Chemistry
Specialized synonyms: Preisolate
Generic synonyms: Acquire, Get
Derivative terms: Isolable

3. Verb. Set apart from others. "The dentist sequesters the tooth he is working on"
Exact synonyms: Keep Apart, Sequester, Sequestrate, Set Apart
Generic synonyms: Disunite, Divide, Part, Separate

4. Verb. Separate (experiences) from the emotions relating to them.
Category relationships: Psychological Science, Psychology
Generic synonyms: Assort, Class, Classify, Separate, Sort, Sort Out
Derivative terms: Isolable, Isolation

Definition of Isolate

1. v. t. To place in a detached situation; to place by itself or alone; to insulate; to separate from others.

Definition of Isolate

1. Verb. (transitive) To set apart or cut off from others. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To place in quarantine or isolation. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive chemistry) To separate a substance in pure form from a mixture. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) To insulate, or make free of external influence. ¹

5. Verb. (transitive microbiology) To separate a pure strain of bacteria etc. from a mixed culture. ¹

6. Verb. (transitive) To insulate an electrical component from a source of electricity. ¹

7. Noun. Something that has been isolated. ¹

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Definition of Isolate

1. to set apart from others [v -LATED, -LATING, -LATES]

Medical Definition of Isolate

1. To separate from other persons, materials or objects. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Isolate

isoionic point
isolate (current term)
isolated abutment
isolated dextrocardia
isolated dyskeratosis follicularis
isolated explosive disorder
isolated limb perfusion
isolated parietal endocarditis
isolated proteinuria
isolated system

Literary usage of Isolate

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Constitution of the United States: A Critical Discussion of Its Genesis by John Randolph Tucker, Henry St. George Tucker (1899)
"And it is here proper to say, that, while isolate liberty is unlimited in ... His inborn instincts make isolate life a curse, and social life a blessing. ..."

2. Allen's Synonyms and Antonyms by Frederic Sturges Allen (1920)
"isolate, v. I. separate, insulate (rare, exc. spec.); spec, segregate, quarantine. issuable, a. utterable (now rare or spec.). Issue, n. ..."

3. The History of the Rebellion and Civil Wars in England Begun in the Year 1641 by Edward Hyde Clarendon (1888)
"... it has teen deemed better to place them thus, in connection with the portions of the text to which they refer, than to isolate them as before. ..."

4. The Path to Rome by Hilaire Belloc (1902)
"I wished, as I had often wished in such opportunities of recollection and of silence, for a complete barrier that might isolate the mind. ..."

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