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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Better integration and tougher policing can only do so much. Bojan Pancevski, WSJ, "An Ice-Cream Truck Slaying, Party Drugs and Real-Estate Kings: Ethnic Clans Clash in Berlin’s Underworld," 15 Oct. 2018 There's also a week (Aug. 13-17) that's specifically dedicated to young people with autism; the activities will focus on sensory integration and socialization. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "It's time to register for summer camps. Here are 5 cool choices for your kids.," 23 Feb. 2018 Walgreens’s approach comes on the heels of a flurry of vertical integrations and new entrants in the healthcare field. Hallie Detrick, Fortune, "What Is AmerisourceBergen and Why Does Walgreens Want to Buy It?," 13 Feb. 2018 Our Managed Solutions subsidiary, for example, addresses complex workforce organization processes such as mobilization of multi-discipline teams and supply-chain management integration. Ilene Bassler, Houston Chronicle, "Q&A: Strict immigration policies ripple through talent pool," 12 July 2018 The Apple Airplay integration could help investor confidence in the company’s future. Kevin Kelleher, Fortune, "Apple's Airplay 2 May Be the Boost Sonos Needs for Its IPO," 11 July 2018 Macerata had a reputation for tolerance and, in 2013, won national recognition for its integration efforts. Jason Horowitz,, "Migrants were welcome in Macerata, before a murder," 7 July 2018 Accepting mainly skilled workers has allowed Japan to get away without any integration policy until now, says Mr Chiavacci. The Economist, "Japan is finally starting to admit more foreign workers," 5 July 2018 Alexa hears me loud and clear, Spotify integration works well, and the recent Fire TV updates mean playing movies with your voice is easier now. Dieter Bohn, The Verge, "Polk Command Bar review: As seen near TV," 3 July 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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