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[seg-ri-gey-tid] /ˈsɛg rɪˌgeɪ tɪd/
characterized by or practicing racial segregation:
a segregated school system.
restricted to one group, especially exclusively on the basis of racial or ethnic membership:
segregated neighborhoods.
maintaining separate facilities for members of different, especially racially different, groups:
segregated education.
discriminating against a group, especially on the basis of race:
a segregated economy.
set apart.
Origin of segregated
1645-55; segregate + -ed2
Related forms
segregatedly, adverb
segregatedness, noun
nonsegregated, adjective


[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.
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 segregated
  • Though they may blend anonymously with higher castes on city streets, they can't escape segregated housing.
  • In the big cities, fear of crime has pushed the rich into the segregated world of walled condominiums.
  • So, what's special about this is that the dark matter and hot gas have segregated.
  • They do not wish to live in strictly segregated cities or nervous, gated suburbs.
  • Nearly all blocks and the neighborhoods they are in tend to be segregated.
  • Furthermore they were segregated and usually reduced to becoming cooks etc.
  • The gender-segregated berthing areas are fully heated or air-conditioned.
  • People of different races may be voluntarily or forcibly segregated into different neighborhoods.
  • They suggest that differences between the segregated functions is, in itself, responsible for their segregation.
  • They have different castes, but they all look much the same and their castes are far less strictly segregated.
British Dictionary definitions for segregated


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 segregated



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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