in·​te·​gra·​tion | \ ˌin-tə-ˈgrā-shən How to pronounce integration (audio) \
plural integrations

Definition of integration

1 : the act or process or an instance of integrating the integration of art and/with technology : such as
a : incorporation as equals into society or an organization of individuals of different groups We should not take for granted that societies will inevitably adapt to increasing diversity in ways that further social integration.— Delia Baldassarri and Maria Abascal The busing of students to achieve school integration had been used in the 1960s.— Michael L. Levine often used with into The program works with newcomer families, and their students, to help support the transition and integration into the school system.— Chris SumnerAs it is, a criminal conviction may impair a person's ability to secure employment, education and housing, thereby making re-entry into society difficult … . Depriving that person of the right to vote after they've completed their sentence may further impede their successful integration into society.— William C. SilvermanHaving discussed this issue with dozens of military officers, I can attest that few are silent in opposing the integration of women into frontline combat forces.— Richard Halloran
b : coordination of mental processes into a normal effective personality or with the environment Assuming someone has been selected for the team but it is not you, depending on your degree of personality integration you can either accept you don't measure up, or deny that a selection has taken place.— Ilana Mercer
2 mathematics
a : the operation of finding a function whose differential is known
b : the operation of solving a differential equation

Examples of integration in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Jira, Slack, Confluence, Teams) for more seamless integration and workflow. Nicholas Cron, Forbes, 16 Sep. 2021 Diane Davis is the mission design lead for Gateway’s systems, engineering and integration. Grace Lieberman, Dallas News, 14 Sep. 2021 The anxieties of a white middle class resisting integration and Black empowerment are easy to read into his character. Carvell Wallace, The Atlantic, 27 Aug. 2021 This could be particularly helpful in reducing demand on overburdened community health centers and health providers while also enabling data collection and integration to inform precision population health care. Bryan W. Heckman, Scientific American, 26 Aug. 2021 Robinson works the Human Exploration and Development Office at next door Marshall Space Flight Center supporting mission operations integration and ground systems. Lee Roop |, al, 20 July 2021 Brigham, who also sat on the advisory council of the American Eugenics Society, had recently assessed the IQs of military recruits during World War I, and opined that immigration and racial integration were dragging down American intelligence. Amber Dance, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 July 2021 Lockheed Martin, a global security and aerospace company, is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. Brett Shweky,, 13 July 2021 The actors loved the integration of music into the script and the filming. Lindsey Bahr, ajc, 5 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of integration

1620, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Integration.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2021.

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in·​te·​gra·​tion | \ ˌin-tə-ˈgrā-shən How to pronounce integration (audio) \

Kids Definition of integration

1 : the act or process of uniting different things
2 : the practice of uniting people from different races in an attempt to give people equal rights racial integration


in·​te·​gra·​tion | \ ˌint-ə-ˈgrā-shən How to pronounce integration (audio) \

Medical Definition of integration

: the combining and coordinating of separate parts or elements into a unified whole: as
a : coordination of mental processes into a normal effective personality or with the individual's environment failure of association and failure of integration take place among neurotic individuals— R. M. Dorcus & G. W. Shaffer
b : the process by which the different parts of an organism are made a functional and structural whole especially through the activity of the nervous system and of hormones



Legal Definition of integration

: the act or process or an instance of integrating: as
a : a writing that embodies a complete and final agreement between parties
b : incorporation as equals into society or an organization of individuals of different groups (as races)


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