[ dee-seg-ri-geyt ]
/ diˈsɛg rɪˌgeɪt /

verb (used with object), de·seg·re·gat·ed, de·seg·re·gat·ing.

to eliminate racial segregation in: to desegregate all schools.

verb (used without object), de·seg·re·gat·ed, de·seg·re·gat·ing.

to eliminate racial segregation; to integrate at an institutional level members of different communities without regard to skin color.

Origin of desegregate

First recorded in 1950–55; de- + segregate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for desegregate

  • Attempting to desegregate Dar Ul Hijra, known in law enforcement circles as “the 9/11 mosque,” is significant.

    Showdown at the Mosque|Asra Q. Nomani|May 17, 2010|DAILY BEAST

British Dictionary definitions for desegregate

/ (diːˈsɛɡrɪˌɡeɪt) /


to end racial segregation in (a school or other public institution)

Derived forms of desegregate

desegregation, noundesegregationist, noun, adjective
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