isolate

isolate
isolate i‧so‧late [ˈaɪsəleɪt] verb [transitive]
1. to prevent a country or company from getting support or business from other countries or companies, so that it becomes weaker:

• Efforts to isolate North Korea financially through targeted measures appeared to be working.

2. to separate something so that it can be dealt with by itself, rather than affecting the whole of a business, market etc:

• After isolating the problem, investigate it as quickly as possible and resolve it.

— isolation noun [uncountable] :

• Inflation cannot be addressed in isolation from other economic problems.

— isolated adjective :

• The regime has become increasingly isolated.

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isolate UK US /ˈaɪsəleɪt/ verb [T]
to separate something or someone from other things or people with which they are joined are mixed, or to keep them separate: »

We need to isolate the problem with our product distribution.

POLITICS to keep a company or country from doing business in the usual way: »

Despite American efforts to isolate the country, Europeans still travel and trade there freely.

isolate sb/yourself from sth »

There is no way you can isolate yourself from politics unless you isolate yourself from society.


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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