- to eliminate racial segregation in: to desegregate all schools.
- to eliminate racial segregation; to integrate at an institutional level members of different communities without regard to skin color.
Origin of desegregate
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Examples from the Web for desegregate
In 1962, the Kennedy administration was looking for a way to desegregate the Washington Redskins.The Presidents Who Made America’s Sports
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Attempting to desegregate Dar Ul Hijra, known in law enforcement circles as “the 9/11 mosque,” is significant.Showdown at the Mosque
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- to end racial segregation in (a school or other public institution)
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Word Origin and History for desegregate
1948, back-formation from desegregation. Related: Desegregated; desegregating.
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