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segregate

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verb seg·re·gate \ˈse-gri-ˌgāt\

Definition of segregate

segregated

segregating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to separate or set apart from others or from the general mass :  isolate

  3. 2 :  to cause or force the separation of (as from the rest of society)

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  separate, withdraw

  6. 2 :  to practice or enforce a policy of segregation

  7. 3 :  to undergo genetic segregation

segregative

play \-ˌgā-tiv\ adjective

Examples of segregate in a sentence

  1. The civil rights movement fought against practices that segregated blacks and whites.

  2. Many states at that time continued to segregate public schools.

Did You Know?

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.

Origin and Etymology of segregate

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


First Known Use: 1542


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segregate

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noun seg·re·gate \ˈse-gri-gət, -ˌgāt\

Definition of segregate

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

1871

First Known Use of segregate

1871


SEGREGATE Defined for English Language Learners

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segregate

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verb seg·re·gate \ˈse-gri-ˌgāt\

Definition of segregate for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

segregate

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verb seg·re·gate \ˈse-gri-ˌgāt\

Definition of segregate for Students

segregated

segregating

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

Word Root of segregate

The Latin word grex, meaning “flock,”and its form gregis give us the root greg. Words from the Latin grex have something to do with flocks or groups. Anyone gregarious, or social, enjoys being part of the flock. To congregate is to gather as a flock or crowd. To segregate is to separate away from others or away from the flock.


Medical Dictionary

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segregate

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intransitive verb seg·re·gate \ˈseg-ri-ˌgāt\

Medical Definition of segregate

segregated

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segregating

  1. :  to undergo genetic segregation


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segregate

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noun seg·re·gate \-gət\

Medical Definition of segregate

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


Law Dictionary

segregate

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verb seg·re·gate \ˈse-gri-ˌgāt\

Legal Definition of segregate

segregated

segregating

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to cause or force the separation of; specifically :  to separate (persons) on the basis of race, religion, or national origin
  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to practice or enforce a policy of segregation

segregative

\-ˌgā-tiv\ play adjective


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