segregate

verb
seg·​re·​gate | \ ˈse-gri-ˌgāt How to pronounce segregate (audio) \
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 How to pronounce segregate (audio) , -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 How to pronounce segregative (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for segregate

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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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 That’s the exact opposite of the Confederate memorials that rose as whites in the South pushed to re-segregate Blacks and deprive them of their voting rights. John King, SFChronicle.com, "Toppled SF monuments signal larger social changes about how and what we memorialize," 25 June 2020 But even Gilkesson’s success is testament to the factors that continue to segregate America. Alana Semuels, Time, "Segregation Has Gotten Worse, Not Better, and It's Fueling the Wealth Gap Between Black and White Americans," 19 June 2020 Schools and entire communities across the country have either re-segregated or were never fully integrated in the first place. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "The Deep Amnesia of Our National Conscience," 30 May 2020 The Armed Forces were segregated, with black servicemen often restricted to working menial labor jobs. Meg Neal, Popular Mechanics, "Why the Tuskegee Airmen Were So Badass," 5 May 2020 The Indianapolis schools were segregated and an Indianapolis City Council ordinance in the late 1920s prohibited blacks from moving into predominantly white neighborhoods without the consent of the white residents. Sarah Bowman, IndyStar, "The White River: Cleanup follows decades of civil rights abuses. Now who will benefit?," 2 May 2020 Many hospitals are segregating obstetric units, screening everyone, and limiting the number of visitors and health care workers allowed in and out. Talis Shelbourne, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee health officials and doctors offer pregnant women advice on protecting themselves during the pandemic," 23 Apr. 2020 During worship, genders are segregated in the pews, and women cover their hair and wear long, modest skirts. Washington Post, "Ex-La Luz del Mundo members find community on Reddit," 6 Mar. 2020 The white women in turn were segregated from the agency’s male mathematicians and engineers. Harrison Smith, BostonGlobe.com, "Katherine Johnson, ‘hidden figure’ at NASA during 1960s space race, dies at 101," 24 Feb. 2020 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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Time Traveler for segregate

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The first known use of segregate was in 1542

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28 Jun 2020

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“Segregate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/segregate. Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for segregate

segregate

verb
How to pronounce segregate (audio)

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 How to pronounce segregate (audio) \
segregated; segregating

Kids Definition of segregate

: to separate a race, class, or group from the rest of society
seg·​re·​gate | \ ˈseg-ri-ˌgāt How to pronounce segregate (audio) \
segregated; segregating

Medical Definition of segregate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to undergo genetic segregation

segregate

noun
seg·​re·​gate | \ -gət How to pronounce segregate (audio) \

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 How to pronounce segregate (audio) \
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 How to pronounce segregative (audio) \ adjective

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