segregate


1seg·re·gate

verb \ˈse-gri-ˌgāt\

: to separate groups of people because of their particular race, religion, etc.

: to not allow people of different races to be together in (a place, such as a school)

seg·re·gat·edseg·re·gat·ing

Full Definition of SEGREGATE

transitive verb
1
:  to separate or set apart from others or from the general mass :  isolate
2
:  to cause or force the separation of (as from the rest of society)
intransitive verb
2
:  to practice or enforce a policy of segregation
3
:  to undergo genetic segregation
seg·re·ga·tive \-ˌgā-tiv\ adjective

Examples of SEGREGATE

  1. The civil rights movement fought against practices that segregated blacks and whites.
  2. Many states at that time continued to segregate public schools.

Origin of SEGREGATE

Latin segregatus, past participle of segregare, from se- apart + greg-, grex herd — more at secede
First Known Use: 1542

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2seg·re·gate

noun \ˈse-gri-gət, -ˌgāt\

Definition of SEGREGATE

:  one that is in some respect segregated; especially :  one that differs genetically from the parental line because of genetic segregation

First Known Use of SEGREGATE

1871

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