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isolate

[+ object]

1 : to put or keep (someone or something) in a place or situation that is separate from others

These policies will only serve to isolate the country politically and economically.

Certain patients must be isolated in a separate ward.

When he wants to work, he isolates himself in his office and won't talk to anyone


— often + from

Certain patients must be isolated from the others in a separate ward.

2 a : to find and deal with (something, such as a problem) by removing other possibilities

It may take several days to isolate the problem. [=to find out exactly what the problem is]

b technical : to separate (something, such as a chemical) from another substance : to get (something) or an amount of (something) that is not mixed with or attached to anything else

Scientists have isolated the gene/virus that causes the disease.

— often + from

The chemical/compound was originally isolated from a kind of seaweed.


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