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segregate

[v. seg-ri-geyt; n. seg-ri-git, -geyt] /v. ˈsɛg rɪˌgeɪt; n. ˈsɛg rɪ gɪt, -ˌgeɪt/
verb (used with object), segregated, segregating.
1.
to separate or set apart from others or from the main body or group; isolate:
to segregate exceptional children; to segregate hardened criminals.
2.
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.
3.
to separate, withdraw, or go apart; separate from the main body and collect in one place; become segregated.
4.
to practice, require, or enforce segregation, especially racial segregation.
5.
Genetics. (of allelic genes) to separate during meiosis.
noun
6.
a segregated thing, person, or group.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
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
segregable
[seg-ri-guh-buh l] /ˈsɛg rɪ gə bəl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
segregative, adjective
nonsegregable, adjective
nonsegregative, adjective
resegregate, verb, resegregated, resegregating.
unsegregable, adjective
unsegregating, adjective
unsegregative, adjective
Antonyms
1. integrate.
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British Dictionary definitions for un segregating

segregate

/ˈsɛɡrɪˌɡeɪt/
verb
1.
to set or be set apart from others or from the main group
2.
(transitive) to impose segregation on (a racial or minority group)
3.
(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 un segregating

segregate

v.

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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