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 for isolate
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
        [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.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

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

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  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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