segregate

verb
seg·​re·​gate | \ˈse-gri-ˌgāt \
segregated; segregating

Definition of segregate 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to separate or set apart from others or from the general mass : isolate

2 : to cause or force the separation of (as from the rest of society)

intransitive verb

2 : to practice or enforce a policy of segregation

3 : to undergo genetic segregation

segregate

noun
seg·​re·​gate | \ˈse-gri-gət, -ˌgāt\

Definition of segregate (Entry 2 of 2)

: one that is in some respect segregated especially : one that differs genetically from the parental line because of genetic segregation

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Other Words from segregate

Verb

segregative \ˈse-​gri-​ˌgā-​tiv \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for segregate

Synonyms: Verb

cut off, insulate, isolate, seclude, separate, sequester

Antonyms: Verb

desegregate, integrate, reintegrate

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The prefix se- means "apart", so when you segregate something you set it apart from the herd. The word typically means separating something undesirable from the healthy majority. During the apple harvest, damaged fruit is segregated from the main crop and used for cider. In prisons, hardened criminals are segregated from youthful offenders. Lepers used to be segregated from the general population because they were thought to be highly infectious. The opposite of segregate is often integrate, and the two words were in the news almost daily for decades as African-Americans struggled to be admitted into all-white schools and neighborhoods.

Examples of segregate in a Sentence

Verb

The civil rights movement fought against practices that segregated blacks and whites. Many states at that time continued to segregate public schools.

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But Lauren Bastide, a feminist journalist and podcast producer, wonders if the French tradition of prioritizing universalist versus communitarian values may provoke pushback to a club that is self-segregating. Chloe Malle, Vogue, "Imperial Pink? The Wing Gears Up to Go Global," 8 Aug. 2018 In the beginning, membership in Greek organizations was segregated across racial and ethnic lines. Thom Patterson, CNN, "What to know before pledging a fraternity or sorority," 12 Apr. 2018 Most still don't have licenses and there is a long waiting list for the gender segregated driving courses. Fox News, "Gutfeld: Trump is succeeding and it's the media's nightmare," 24 June 2018 Glimpses of hair are starting to appear beneath headscarves, the lines segregating men from women are beginning to blur, and the government is slowly retreating from its once vigorous intrusion into women’s lives. Washington Post, "Saudi women on the front line of change," 17 June 2018 Large cities like Boston, Minneapolis, and Denver had used racially divided neighborhood boundaries, attendance zones, and social pressure to keep their schools segregated. Will Stancil, The Atlantic, "The Radical Supreme Court Decision That America Forgot," 29 May 2018 There’s this shocking disparity in this particular type of athletic ability that is segregated in this way based on population ancestry. Ezra Klein, Vox, "Ezra and Sam Harris debate race, IQ, identity politics, and much more.," 9 Apr. 2018 Or is City Hall just content to segregate the violence on the South and West sides of the city? John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "ER workers on Chicago gang violence: 'We’re in a war zone too'," 8 May 2018 Unlike most other institutions at the time, the Industrial School did not segregate by race or ethnicity. Gary Kamiya, San Francisco Chronicle, "Corrupt, inhumane reform school was SF’s first form of juvenile justice," 16 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Other sensitive data, including family trees and DNA data, are stored on segregate systems that are separate from those that house email addresses. Kirsten Korosec, Fortune, "Ancestry Site MyHeritage Says 92 Million User Accounts Have Been Compromised," 5 June 2018 As public schools re-segregate, the rise in charter schools has not helped this trend. Lincoln Anthony Blades, Teen Vogue, "Why Brown v Board of Education Is More Important Than Ever," 17 May 2018 There is also another cultural trend that has led many in our nation to ideologically self-segregate, not based on race, but based on ideology. James Lankford, National Review, "The Best Approach To Racism: Engage Each Other," 19 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of segregate

Verb

1542, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1871, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for segregate

Verb

Latin segregatus, past participle of segregare, from se- apart + greg-, grex herd — more at secede

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More Definitions for segregate

segregate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of segregate

: to separate groups of people because of their particular race, religion, etc.

: to not allow people of different races to be together in (a place, such as a school)

segregate

verb
seg·​re·​gate | \ˈse-gri-ˌgāt \
segregated; segregating

Kids Definition of segregate

: to separate a race, class, or group from the rest of society

segregate

intransitive verb
seg·​re·​gate | \ˈseg-ri-ˌgāt \
segregated; segregating

Medical Definition of segregate 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: to undergo genetic segregation

segregate

noun
seg·​re·​gate | \-gət \

Medical Definition of segregate (Entry 2 of 2)

: an individual or class of individuals differing in one or more genetic characters from the parental line usually because of segregation of genes

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segregate

verb
seg·​re·​gate | \ˈse-gri-ˌgāt \
segregated; segregating

Legal Definition of segregate 

transitive verb

: to cause or force the separation of specifically : to separate (persons) on the basis of race, religion, or national origin

intransitive verb

: to practice or enforce a policy of segregation

Other Words from segregate

segregative \-​ˌgā-​tiv \ adjective

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