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

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.

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The answer lies in a special entrance for common tourists followed by a maze of long hallways seemingly designed to segregate the hoi polloi from esteemed guests of the hotel. Washington Post, "The 7 most spectacular views in D.C., ranked," 13 June 2019 In May, the Department of Housing and Urban Development introduced a policy proposal that could allow men’s and women’s homeless shelters to segregate transgender people where allowed by state and local laws. Abby Vesoulis, Time, "Survey Shows Americans Are Becoming More Supportive of Transgender Rights Amid Federal Rollback of LGBTQ Protections," 11 June 2019 It was created to segregate people of Indian descent, and is still majority Indian. Ilvy Njiokiktjien, National Geographic, "Apartheid ended 29 years ago. How has South Africa changed?," 26 Apr. 2019 Ron had been planning to go back to education, to teach physics at the University of South Carolina, the very same school that wouldn't accept him as a student [because it was segregated at the time]. Margaret Lazarus Dean, Popular Mechanics, "The Oral History of the Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster," 28 Jan. 2019 For much of the 20th century, the authorities in Sumter County treated them that way, too: they were segregated into Turkish public schools, Turkish theater seats and Turkish hospital beds. Richard Fausset, New York Times, "Tracing the Roots of South Carolina’s ‘Turks,’ Before They Melt Away," 5 July 2018 In 2005, a federal judge found the government liable for segregating public housing in Baltimore, in violation of federal civil rights law — and ordered the agency to fix it. Jillian Weinberger, Vox, "Greater Baltimore is starkly segregated by race and class. A housing program is trying to change that.," 30 Nov. 2018 Parents at a posh private school are unhappy over an administrator’s plan to continue allegedly segregating students by race. Christopher Carbone, Fox News, "$45,000-per-year private school in uproar over plan to 'segregate' students by race," 1 July 2018 In the city, once besieged during the Civil War, schools and neighborhoods remained segregated through the 1960s. Emily Wagster Pettus, The Seattle Times, "Mississippi could re-examine 1959 racial killing of teenager," 21 Aug. 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 How to pronounce segregate (audio) \
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 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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