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Topic: TECHNOLOGY

Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: insula; INSULAR

insulate

verb
     
in‧su‧late [transitive]
1T to cover or protect something with a material that stops electricity, sound, heat etc from getting in or out
insulate something from/against something
Pipes may need insulating against the cold.
an insulated attic
2 to keep someone apart from particular experiences or influences, especially unpleasant ones
insulate somebody from something
The royal family tried to insulate him from the prying eyes of the media.
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