desegregate

verb
de·seg·re·gate | \ (ˌ)dē-ˈse-gri-ˌgāt \

Definition of desegregate 

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

Examples of desegregate in a Sentence

efforts to desegregate the town's buses Eventually the city's schools desegregated.

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But the lawsuit continued, with the plaintiffs claiming that the county schools had not truly desegregated. Will Stancil, The Atlantic, "The Radical Supreme Court Decision That America Forgot," 29 May 2018 But as major universities desegregated, competition for students grew, leading to declining enrollment at HBCUs. Maya Rhodan, Time, "A New Era of Protest Is Energizing Historically Black Colleges and Universities. But There Are Challenges," 22 May 2018 Central Consolidated closed in 1965 when Harford schools were desegregated. Frederick N. Rasmussen, baltimoresun.com, "William 'Bill' Brown, Morgan State University track star and Harford County teacher and coach, dies," 16 May 2018 Central Consolidated closed in 1965 when Harford schools were desegregated. Frederick N. Rasmussen, baltimoresun.com, "William 'Bill' Brown, Morgan State University track star and Harford County teacher and coach, dies," 16 May 2018 Central Consolidated closed in 1965 when Harford schools were desegregated. The Aegis, "Bill Brown, Bel Air athletic and town icon, dies at 92," 1 May 2018 The first African-American to run for governor, Hawkins was instrumental in desegregating the city. Courtney Devores, charlotteobserver, "Take a stroll through Charlotte’s history and get a peek at our future via City Walks | Charlotte Observer," 3 May 2018 Redd-Wallace attended Central Consolidated from first through sixth grade, before HCPS desegregated. The Aegis, "Bill Brown, Bel Air athletic and town icon, dies at 92," 1 May 2018 Although Green has never been overturned, in 1974, the Court decided 5-4 to sharply limit federal courts’ ability to desegregate most suburbs. Will Stancil, The Atlantic, "The Radical Supreme Court Decision That America Forgot," 29 May 2018

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First Known Use of desegregate

1949, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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desegregate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of desegregate

: to end a policy that keeps people of different races apart : to end a policy of segregation

desegregate

verb
de·seg·re·gate | \ dē-ˈse-gri-ˌgāt \
desegregated; desegregating

Kids Definition of desegregate

: to end by law the separation of members of different races desegregate schools

desegregate

transitive verb
de·seg·re·gate | \ dē-ˈse-grə-ˌgāt \
desegregated; desegregating

Legal Definition of desegregate 

: 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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