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[v. seg-ri-geyt; n. seg-ri-git, -geyt] /v. ˈsɛg rɪˌgeɪt; n. ˈsɛg rɪ gɪt, -ˌgeɪt/
verb (used with object), segregated, segregating.
to separate or set apart from others or from the main body or group; isolate:
to segregate exceptional children; to segregate hardened criminals.
to require, by law or custom, the separation of (an ethnic, racial, religious, or other minority group) from the dominant majority.
verb (used without object), segregated, segregating.
to separate, withdraw, or go apart; separate from the main body and collect in one place; become segregated.
to practice, require, or enforce segregation, especially racial segregation.
Genetics. (of allelic genes) to separate during meiosis.
a segregated thing, person, or group.
Origin of segregate
late Middle English
1400-50 in sense “segregated”; 1535-45 as transitive v.; late Middle English segregat < Latin sēgregātus (past participle of sēgregāre to part from the flock), equivalent to sē- se- + greg- (stem of grex flock) + -ātus -ate1; see gregarious
Related forms
[seg-ri-guh-buh l] /ˈsɛg rɪ gə bəl/ (Show IPA),
segregative, adjective
nonsegregable, adjective
nonsegregative, adjective
resegregate, verb, resegregated, resegregating.
unsegregable, adjective
unsegregating, adjective
unsegregative, adjective
1. integrate. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for segregate
  • My cousin is so sensitive that she has to segregate her spoons and everything from the rest of the kitchen.
  • But his followers' desire to segregate themselves is not unusual.
  • One simple solution is to segregate the individual bits by erecting barriers between them.
  • Floral designers don't segregate vegetables and flowers.
  • It's impossible and artificial for our magazine to segregate based on nationality.
  • Bankers will also have to segregate their commercial-banking business from investment banking.
  • But a windowless model often does not segregate the heat it is rejecting from the air it takes in for cooling.
  • And to arrive at a price you need to segregate the oil motive from other motives.
  • Each time they got in the water, the two groups would segregate themselves, choosing to swim on opposite sides of the boat.
  • One has to segregate the data of addictive drugs from those of non-addictive drugs.
British Dictionary definitions for segregate


to set or be set apart from others or from the main group
(transitive) to impose segregation on (a racial or minority group)
(genetics, metallurgy) to undergo or cause to undergo segregation
Derived Forms
segregable (ˈsɛɡrɪɡəbəl) adjective
segregative, adjective
segregator, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin sēgregāre, from sē- apart + grex a flock
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Word Origin and History for segregate

1540s, from Latin segregatus, past participle of segregare "set apart, lay aside; isolate; divide," literally "separate from the flock," from *se gregare, from se "apart from" (see secret (n.)) + grege, ablative of grex "herd, flock" (see gregarious). Originally often with reference to the religious notion of separating the flock of the godly from sinners. In modern social context, "to force or enforce racial separation and exclusion," 1908. Related: Segregated; segregating.

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