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1 place or set apart; "They isolated the political prisoners from the other inmates" [syn: insulate]
2 obtain in pure form; "The chemist managed to isolate the compound"
3 set apart from others; "The dentist sequesters the tooth he is working on" [syn: sequester, sequestrate, keep apart, set apart]
4 separate (experiences) fromt he emotions relating to them

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, from isolé, from insolato, from insulatus (cognate with insulate).


  1. To set apart or cut off from others.
  2. To place in quarantine or isolation.
  3. In the context of "transitive|chemistry": To separate a substance in pure form from a mixture.
  4. To insulate, or make free of external influence.
  5. In the context of "transitive|microbiology": To separate a pure strain of bacteria etc. from a mixed culture.
  6. To insulate an electrical component from a source of electricity.


transitive: to set apart or cut off from others
  • Italian: isolare
  • Portuguese: isolar
transitive: to place in quarantine or isolation
  • Italian: isolare
transitive, chemistry: to separate a substance in pure form from a mixture
  • Italian: isolare
transitive: to insulate, or make free of external influence
  • Italian: isolare
transitive, microbiology: to separate a pure strain of bacteria etc. from a mixed culture
  • Italian: isolare
transitive: to insulate an electrical component from a source of electricity
  • Italian: isolare


  1. Something that has been isolated.


something that has been isolate
  • Portuguese: isolamento
  • Spanish: aislante




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