verb seg·re·gate \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)


Full Definition of SEGREGATE

transitive verb
:  to separate or set apart from others or from the general mass :  isolate
:  to cause or force the separation of (as from the rest of society)
intransitive verb
:  to practice or enforce a policy of segregation
:  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.


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

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noun seg·re·gate \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

SEGREGATIVE Defined for Kids


verb seg·re·gate \ˈse-gri-ˌgāt\

Definition of SEGREGATE for Kids

:  to separate a race, class, or group from the rest of society

Word Root of SEGREGATE

The Latin word grex, meaning flock,and its form gregis give us the root greg. Words from the Latin grex have something to do with flocks or groups. Anyone gregarious, or social, enjoys being part of the flock. To congregate is to gather as a flock or crowd. To segregate is to separate away from others or away from the flock.


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