1. verb To isolate a person or organization means to cause them to lose their friends or supporters. [V n + from] ⇒ This policy could isolate the country from the other permanent members of the United Nations Security Council. [V n] ⇒ Political influence is being used to shape public opinion and isolate critics. isolated
graded adjective & adjective [usu v-link ADJ] ⇒ They are finding themselves increasingly isolated within the teaching profession. isolation (aɪsəleɪʃən
) uncountable noun ⇒ Diplomatic isolation could lead to economic disaster. ⇒ ...the public isolation of the Prime Minister. 2. verb
If you isolate yourself, or if something isolates you, you become physically or socially separated from other people. [V pron-refl] ⇒ When he was thinking out a problem Tweed's habit was never to isolate himself in his room. [V n] ⇒ His radicalism and refusal to compromise isolated him. [V n + from] ⇒ Police officers had a siege mentality that isolated them from the people they served. [V-ed] ⇒ But of course no one lives totally alone, isolated from the society around them.
3. verb If you isolate something such as an idea or a problem, you separate it from others that it is connected with, so that you can concentrate on it or consider it on its own. [V n] ⇒ Our anxieties can also be controlled by isolating thoughts, feelings and memories. [V n] ⇒ ...attempts to isolate a single factor as the cause of the decline of Britain. [V n + from] ⇒ Gandhi said that those who isolate religion from politics don't understand the nature of either. 4. verb To isolate a substance means to obtain it by separating it from other substances using scientific processes. [technical] [V n] ⇒ We can use genetic engineering techniques to isolate the gene that is responsible. [V n + from] ⇒ Researchers have isolated a new protein from the seeds of poppies. [V-ed] ⇒ ...the chemical isolated from brain tissue. 5. verb To isolate a sick person or animal means to keep them apart from other people or animals, so that their illness does not spread. [be V-ed from n] ⇒ Patients will be isolated from other people for between three days and one month after treatment. [V n + from] ⇒ You don't have to isolate them from the community. [Also V n]
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