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desegregate

[dee-seg-ri-geyt] /diˈsɛg rɪˌgeɪt/
verb (used with object), desegregated, desegregating.
1.
to eliminate racial segregation in:
to desegregate all schools.
verb (used without object), desegregated, desegregating.
2.
to eliminate racial segregation; to integrate at an institutional level members of different communities without regard to skin color.
Origin
1950-1955
1950-55; de- + segregate
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Examples from the web for desegregate
  • It is a historical fact that it took numerous lawsuits to desegregate higher education by race and gender.
  • The sit-ins were an attempt to desegregate public and private facilities.
British Dictionary definitions for desegregate

desegregate

/diːˈsɛɡrɪˌɡeɪt/
verb
1.
to end racial segregation in (a school or other public institution)
Derived Forms
desegregation, noun
desegregationist, noun, adjective
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Word Origin and History for desegregate
v.

1948, back-formation from desegregation. Related: Desegregated; desegregating.

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