desegregate

verb de·seg·re·gate \ (ˌ)dē-ˈse-gri-ˌgāt \
Updated on: 15 May 2018

Definition of desegregate

: 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

  1. efforts to desegregate the town's buses

  2. Eventually the city's schools desegregated.

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First Known Use of desegregate

1949

in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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DESEGREGATE Defined for English Language Learners

desegregate

Definition of desegregate for English Language Learners

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


DESEGREGATE Defined for Kids

desegregate

verb de·seg·re·gate \ dē-ˈse-gri-ˌgāt \

Definition of desegregate for Students

desegregated; desegregating
: to end by law the separation of members of different races
  • desegregate schools

Law Dictionary

desegregate

transitive verb de·seg·re·gate \ dē-ˈse-grə-ˌgāt \

legal Definition of desegregate

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
: to become desegregated


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