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[in-ti-greyt] /ˈɪn tɪˌgreɪt/
verb (used with object), integrated, integrating.
to bring together or incorporate (parts) into a whole.
to make up, combine, or complete to produce a whole or a larger unit, as parts do.
to unite or combine.
to give or cause to give equal opportunity and consideration to (a racial, religious, or ethnic group or a member of such a group):
to integrate minority groups in the school system.
to combine (previously segregated educational facilities, classes, and the like) into one unified system; desegregate.
to give or cause to give members of all racial, religious, and ethnic groups an equal opportunity to belong to, be employed by, be customers of, or vote in (an organization, place of business, city, state, etc.):
to integrate a restaurant; to integrate a country club.
Mathematics. to find the value of the integral of (a function).
to indicate the total amount or the mean value of.
verb (used without object), integrated, integrating.
to become integrated.
to meld with and become part of the dominant culture.
  1. to perform the operation of integration, or finding the integral of a function or equation.
  2. to find the solution to a differential equation.
Origin of integrate
1630-40; < Latin integrātus past participle of integrāre to renew, restore. See integer, -ate1
Related forms
integrative, adjective
de-integrate, verb, de-integrated, de-integrating.
reintegrate, verb, reintegrated, reintegrating.
self-integrating, adjective
unintegrative, adjective
2. merge, unify, fuse, mingle. Unabridged
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  • Nations, even those that acknowledge the need to integrate, try to secure functioning as autonomous entities.

  • They require time to heal, time to learn, time to integrate themselves.

    Anything You Can Do ... Gordon Randall Garrett
  • Noble wanted to integrate black recruits as they arrived, absorbing them in the white training platoons then being processed.

  • But they also integrate the experience of their self-constitution in language.

  • There is a property in the horizon which no man has but he whose eye can integrate all the parts, that is, the poet.

    Nature Ralph Waldo Emerson
British Dictionary definitions for integrate


verb (ˈɪntɪˌɡreɪt)
to make or be made into a whole; incorporate or be incorporated
(transitive) to designate (a school, park, etc) for use by all races or groups; desegregate
to amalgamate or mix (a racial or religious group) with an existing community
(maths) to perform an integration on (a quantity, expression, etc)
adjective (ˈɪntɪɡrɪt)
made up of parts; integrated
Derived Forms
integrable (ˈɪntəɡrəbəl) adjective
integrability, noun
integrative, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin integrāre; see integer
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for integrate

1630s, "to render (something) whole," from Latin integratus, past participle of integrare "make whole," from integer "whole" (see integer). Meaning "to put together parts or elements and combine them into a whole" is from 1802. Integrate in the "racially desegregate" sense is a back-formation from integration, dating to the 1948 U.S. presidential contest. Related: Integrated; integrating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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