desegregate

verb

de·​seg·​re·​gate (ˌ)dē-ˈse-gri-ˌgāt How to pronounce desegregate (audio)
desegregated; desegregating; desegregates

transitive verb

: to eliminate segregation in
specifically : to free of any law, provision, or practice requiring isolation of the members of a particular race in separate units

Example Sentences

efforts to desegregate the town's buses Eventually the city's schools desegregated.
Recent Examples on the Web A few weeks ago, Chambers County was inching closer and closer to a plan to desegregate its schools. al, 1 July 2022 The Moton Museum offers information on Barbara Johns and the effort to desegregate schools in Prince Edward County. Patty O'connell Pearson, Washington Post, 21 Dec. 2022 Harry Truman, appalled by the treatment of Black service members returning home from World War II, issued an executive order to desegregate the U.S. military, thereby violating that unwritten truce. Brynn Tannehill, The New Republic, 12 Dec. 2022 Dawes meant both to disaggregate Indian land and to desegregate it, bringing in farmers who would model civilized agrarianism for their Indian neighbors. Philip Deloria, The New Yorker, 18 July 2022 Court rulings delayed the process until a federal court finally ordered the schools to desegregate. al, 27 Nov. 2022 Houston’s uncle, Fred Gray, later became the lead counsel in Browder v. Gayle, the U.S. Supreme Court case that eventually forced Montgomery to desegregate its buses. cleveland, 28 Oct. 2022 Efforts to desegregate schools in the aftermath of Brown v. Board of Education were met with resistance and White flight. Laura Meckler, Washington Post, 17 Nov. 2022 The photo had been snapped just as the U.S. Supreme Court was deliberating cases that would desegregate America’s schools. William Wan, Washington Post, 15 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1949, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of desegregate was in 1949

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Cite this Entry

“Desegregate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/desegregate. Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

desegregate

verb
de·​seg·​re·​gate (ˈ)dē-ˈseg-ri-ˌgāt How to pronounce desegregate (audio)
: to eliminate segregation in
especially : to end by law the isolation of members of a particular race in separate units
desegregate city schools
desegregation
(ˌ)dē-ˌseg-ri-ˈgā-shən
noun

Legal Definition

desegregate

transitive verb
de·​seg·​re·​gate dē-ˈse-grə-ˌgāt How to pronounce desegregate (audio)
desegregated; desegregating
: to eliminate segregation in
specifically : to free from any law, provision, or practice requiring isolation of the members of a particular race in separate units

intransitive verb

: to become desegregated

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