isolate

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Isolate is part of the Academic Word List. It is important for students in college and university.

Pronunciation[change]

Verb[change]

Plain form
isolate

Third-person singular
isolates

Past tense
isolated

Past participle
isolated

Present participle
isolating

  1. If you isolate something, you make it so that it does not or cannot contact certain other things.
    We want to isolate ourselves from everyday worries.
    The prisoner was isolated to protect him from attack.
    Britain is isolated from the rest of Europe by the Channel.

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Noun[change]

Singular
isolate

Plural
isolates

  1. (countable) An isolate is something that does not or cannot contact certain other things.
    A total of 296 isolates were recovered from 105 patients, 79 (75%) of whom were infected with mycobacteria.
  2. (linguistics) An isolate is a language that has no known relatives.