[[t]ɪ̱nsjʊleɪt, AM -sə-[/t]]
insulates, insulating, insulated
1) VERB If a person or group is insulated from the rest of society or from outside influences, they are protected from them.

[be V-ed from/against n] They wonder if their community is no longer insulated from big city problems...

[V n from/against n] Their wealthy families had further insulated them from reality with the privilege that money could buy.

Derived words:
insulation N-UNCOUNT

They lived in happy insulation from brutal facts.

2) VERB To insulate something such as a building means to protect it from cold or noise by covering it or surrounding it in a thick layer.

[V n] It will take almost 25 years to insulate the homes of the six million households that require this assistance...

[V n from/against n] Is there any way we can insulate our home from the noise?...

[V-ed] Are your hot and cold water pipes well insulated?

[V-ing] ...a garment lined with a light insulating material.

3) VERB If a piece of equipment is insulated, it is covered with rubber or plastic to prevent electricity passing through it and giving the person using it an electric shock.

[be V-ed] In order to make it safe, the element is electrically insulated.

[V-ing] ...electrical insulating tape.

English dictionary. 2008.

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