in·​te·​gra·​tion | \ ˌin-tə-ˈgrā-shən \

Definition of integration

1 : the act or process or an instance of integrating: such as
a : incorporation as equals into society or an organization of individuals of different groups (such as races)
b : coordination of mental processes into a normal effective personality or with the environment
2a : the operation of finding a function whose differential is known
b : the operation of solving a differential equation

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Also like the Oasis, the new Paperwhite has Audible integration so users can pair a Bluetooth headset and listen to audiobooks from the device itself. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Amazon makes Kindle Paperwhite waterproof—and it still starts at $129," 16 Oct. 2018 Designed by seminal mid-century Los Angeles architect A. Quincy Jones, the house boasts the expansive interior spaces and indoor-outdoor integration often associated with Jones. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Breezy midcentury modern asks $629K in Southern California," 8 Oct. 2018 Officials jammed the tunnel with concrete; the building was taken over by a cross-border arts council, which aims to promote cultural integration between Mexico and America. The Economist, "Why America and Mexico are destined to grow even closer," 21 June 2018 The Stocks app, which got a redesign, will now have news integration. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, "Apple WWDC: Apple unveils Memoji, new privacy features as part of iOS 12," 4 June 2018 Similarly, 57 percent of the area’s Hispanics in 2009 would have had to move to achieve total integration. Bob Goldsborough,, "Chicago is the 13th most segregated metro area in U.S., study finds," 25 May 2018 But on a purely European level, with the union facing its biggest challenges in recent years, the pro-integration Macron has his work cut out for him. Melissa Bell And James Masters, CNN, "A year in, Emmanuel Macron faces 'Le crunch' as honeymoon ends," 7 May 2018 The events also promote social integration, since the car-free streets encourage people of different classes and races to visit each other's neighborhoods. John Greenfield, Chicago Reader, "Lima’s beautiful boulevard bike paths could be a hit in Chicago," 26 Mar. 2018 Consultant Jim Williams, the former head of the FAA’s drone integration office, compares it to an electronic license plate. Andy Pasztor, WSJ, "Gatwick Incident Raises Questions Over Race to Commercialize Drones," 21 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of integration

1620, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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in·​te·​gra·​tion | \ ˌin-tə-ˈgrā-shən \

Kids Definition of integration

1 : the act or process of uniting different things
2 : the practice of uniting people from different races in an attempt to give people equal rights racial integration


in·​te·​gra·​tion | \ ˌint-ə-ˈgrā-shən \

Medical Definition of integration

: the combining and coordinating of separate parts or elements into a unified whole: as
a : coordination of mental processes into a normal effective personality or with the individual's environment failure of association and failure of integration take place among neurotic individuals— R. M. Dorcus & G. W. Shaffer
b : the process by which the different parts of an organism are made a functional and structural whole especially through the activity of the nervous system and of hormones



Legal Definition of integration

: the act or process or an instance of integrating: as
a : a writing that embodies a complete and final agreement between parties
b : incorporation as equals into society or an organization of individuals of different groups (as races)

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to gather or build up little by little

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