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 Spaulding said tech companies that are holding so much private data need to do a better job of segregating that data and limiting who can see it. Washington Post, "Saudi recruitment of Twitter workers reflects insider risks," 8 Nov. 2019 The Brookings Institution, a think-tank, rates Milwaukee as the most racially segregated of America’s 51 large metro areas. The Economist, "Milwaukee’s north side remains deeply troubled," 7 Nov. 2019 Nobody was enslaved or segregated in conjunction with it. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, "Radio host schooled after comparing 'boomer' to N-word; Dictionary.com, more on Twitter react," 5 Nov. 2019 Gandhi was shocked when he was thrown out of train cars, roughed up for using public walkways, and segregated from European passengers on a stagecoach. Erin Blakemore, National Geographic, "How Mahatma Gandhi changed political protest," 27 Sep. 2019 Though there are some compositional differences, there isn’t enough disparity between men and women to segregate them into different sectors. Hana Hong, Marie Claire, "Can I Use My Boyfriend’s Moisturizer?," 30 Aug. 2019 In 1950, at a time when the majority of America was still segregated, Althea Gibson made history by becoming the first African-American to compete for the U.S. National Championships. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "How the U.S. Open Changed the History of Tennis," 1 Sep. 2019 Mobile home residents live under the radar — literally zoned out of sight and segregated from conventional housing. Washington Post, "Mobile home parks move from mom-and-pop to corporate," 16 Sep. 2019 Hard-liners and traditional Shiite clerics, citing their own interpretation of Islamic law, believe in segregating men and women at public events, as well as keeping women out of men's sports. Jon Gambrell, chicagotribune.com, "An Iranian woman who dressed as a man to watch a soccer match sets self on fire after learning she may face prison time," 10 Sep. 2019 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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12 Nov 2019

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The first known use of segregate was in 1542

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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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