insulate

The verb insulate means "protect from heat, cold, or noise," like when you add an extra layer of clothing to insulate yourself from the cold.

You can insulate a wall to keep sound out, or insulate your house to keep cold air from getting inside. So, to insulate is to protect against unwanted changes. Sometimes this can mean keeping out the influence or beliefs of other people, like a parent who tries to insulate his children from people who have different cultures or beliefs. You can see this meaning in the origin of insulate: the Latin word insula, meaning “to make into an island.”

Definitions of insulate
  1. verb
    protect from heat, cold, or noise by surrounding with insulating material
    “We had his bedroom insulated before winter came”
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    types:
    weatherstrip
    provide with weatherstripping
    soundproof
    insulate against noise
    type of:
    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  2. verb
    place or set apart
    synonyms: isolate
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    segregate
    separate or isolate (one thing) from another and place in a group apart from others
    ghettoise, ghettoize
    put in a ghetto
    cloister
    seclude from the world in or as if in a cloister
    seclude, sequester, sequestrate, withdraw
    keep away from others
    quarantine
    place into enforced isolation, as for medical reasons
    maroon
    leave stranded on a desert island without resources
    type of:
    discriminate, separate, single out
    treat differently on the basis of sex or race
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