in·​te·​gra·​tion | \ ˌin-tə-ˈgrā-shən How to pronounce integration (audio) \
plural integrations

Definition of integration

1 : the act or process or an instance of integrating the integration of art and/with technology : such as
a : incorporation as equals into society or an organization of individuals of different groups We should not take for granted that societies will inevitably adapt to increasing diversity in ways that further social integration.— Delia Baldassarri and Maria Abascal The busing of students to achieve school integration had been used in the 1960s.— Michael L. Levine often used with into The program works with newcomer families, and their students, to help support the transition and integration into the school system.— Chris SumnerAs it is, a criminal conviction may impair a person's ability to secure employment, education and housing, thereby making re-entry into society difficult … . Depriving that person of the right to vote after they've completed their sentence may further impede their successful integration into society.— William C. SilvermanHaving discussed this issue with dozens of military officers, I can attest that few are silent in opposing the integration of women into frontline combat forces.— Richard Halloran
b : coordination of mental processes into a normal effective personality or with the environment Assuming someone has been selected for the team but it is not you, depending on your degree of personality integration you can either accept you don't measure up, or deny that a selection has taken place.— Ilana Mercer
2 mathematics
a : the operation of finding a function whose differential is known
b : the operation of solving a differential equation

Examples of integration in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That's not what Hope had wanted, had wanted stronger integration, coordination, function. CBS News, "Nick Warner's life and career in the Australian Secret Intelligence Service," 24 Feb. 2021 The high court’s ruling also limited Boston’s options to the integration of inner-city schools only, which left working-class white and Black people fighting over limited resources. Phillip Martin,, "I first came to Boston in the summer of 1975, a time of firebombs and violence," 18 Feb. 2021 The application window for Jefferson Parish magnet schools focusing on arts integration, international baccalaureate or dual language immersion is open through Friday, Feb. 19. Staff Report,, "Jefferson Parish magnet school application deadline, and other metro-area school news," 3 Feb. 2021 Harmony said higher gold production was due to the integration of the Mponeng mine in South Africa and Mine Waste Solutions assets, effective measures adopted in response to the impact from the pandemic, and disciplined mining. Adria Calatayud, WSJ, "Harmony on Target to Meet Output Goal," 25 Jan. 2021 Sixty years after the 1954-62 war ended and the curtain came down on 132 years of French colonization in Algeria, the issue of France's colonial past has set off debates on the integration of French Muslims, many of whom are of Algerian descent. Constant Méheut New York Times, Star Tribune, "France to review colonial history in Algeria," 20 Jan. 2021 But some transit operators can bristle at the idea of fare integration, which could affect their unique agencies and the fares many depend heavily on. Mallory Moench,, "Bay Area transit can be a complex, costly ‘nightmare.’ The pandemic might help fix that," 1 Jan. 2021 Airbnb and National Geographic embarked on a ground-breaking partnership incorporating key expert National Geographic Explorers, one-of-a-kind lodging, contest promotion, extensive social media integration, and even a private jet experience. National Geographic, "Airbnb," 30 Dec. 2020 After its unveiling, this vehicle will begin a test flight campaign, with taxi testing, full avionics integration, a flight termination system, and more. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Meet Ravn X—a fully autonomous, air-launched rocket for small satellites," 3 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of integration

1620, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Integration.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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in·​te·​gra·​tion | \ ˌin-tə-ˈgrā-shən How to pronounce integration (audio) \

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 How to pronounce integration (audio) \

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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