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Definition of ISOLATE

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Isolate \I"so*late\ ([imac]"s[-o]*l[asl]t or [imac]s"[-o]*l[=a]t`), n. Something that has been isolated; as, an isolate of a powerful antibiotic from a tropical plant; an isolate of tuberculosis bacillus from an infected patient. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Isolate \I"so*late\ ([imac]"s[-o]*l[=a]t or [imac]s"[-o]*l[=a]t;
     277), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Isolated}
     ([imac]"s[-o]*l[=a]`t[e^]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Isolating} ([imac]"s[-o]*l[=a]`t[i^]ng).] [It. isolato, p. p. of isolare to isolate, fr. isola island, L. insula. See 2d {Isle}, and cf. {Insulate}.] [1913 Webster]
     1. To place in a detached situation; to place by itself or alone; to insulate; to separate from others; as, to isolate an infected person from others; to isolate the troublemakers in a classroom. [1913 Webster +PJC]

              Short isolated sentences were the mode in which ancient wisdom delighted to convey its precepts.
                                                    --Bp. Warburton. [1913 Webster]

     2. (Elec.) To insulate. See {Insulate}.
        [1913 Webster]

     3. (Chem.) To separate (a substance) from all foreign substances; to make pure; to obtain in a free state; as, to isolate the desired product from a reaction mixture. [1913 Webster +PJC]

     4. (Microbiol.) To obtain a culture of a microorganism in pure form (from a complex mixture); as, to isolate {Eschericia coli} from a patient's blood. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

138 Moby Thesaurus words for "isolate": abrupt, abscind, abstract, alienate, amputate, annihilate, apart, avoid, ban, banish, bar, block off, bob, bolt, cast off, cast out, clip, cloister, close off, cordon, cordon off, crop, cull, cull out, cut, cut adrift, cut away, cut off, cut out, debar, delete, depart, deport, detach, detached, disarticulate, disconnect, disengage, disjoin, disjoint, dissociate, disunite, divide, divorce, dock, eject, eliminate, enisle, enucleate, eradicate, estrange, except, excise, exclude, exile, expel, extinguish, extirpate, ghettoize, gin, ground, ignore, insulate, island, island-hop, isolated, keep apart, keep aside, knock off, lay aside, leave, lop, maroon, mutilate, nip, ostracize, pare, part, peel, pick out, prune, pull away, pull back, pull out, put aside, quarantine, reject, remove, removed, riddle, root out, rope off, rule out, screen, seal off, seclude, segregate, send to Coventry, separate, sequester, set apart, set aside, sever, shave, shear, shun, shut off, shut out, sieve, sift, snub, sort out, split, spurn, stamp out, stand aloof, stand apart, stand aside, step aside, strike off, strip, strip off, subtract, sunder, take off, take out, thrash, thresh, throw off, throw out, transport, truncate, unaccompanied, uncouple, unyoke, winnow, wipe out, withdraw

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