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English verb: isolate

1. isolate (change) place or set apart

SamplesThey isolated the political prisoners from the other inmates.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)discriminate, separate, single out

Narrower (hyponym)cloister, ghettoise, ghettoize, maroon, quarantine, seclude, segregate, sequester, sequestrate, withdraw

2. isolate (change) obtain in pure form

SamplesThe chemist managed to isolate the compound.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)acquire, get

Narrower (hyponym)preisolate

Domain categorychemical science, chemistry

3. isolate (change) set apart from others

SamplesThe dentist sequesters the tooth he is working on.

Synonymskeep apart, sequester, sequestrate, set apart

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)disunite, divide, part, separate

4. isolate (cognition) separate (experiences) from the emotions relating to them

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)assort, class, classify, separate, sort, sort out

Domain categorypsychological science, psychology

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