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verb (used with object), de·seg·re·gat·ed, de·seg·re·gat·ing.
  1. to eliminate racial segregation in: to desegregate all schools.
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verb (used without object), de·seg·re·gat·ed, de·seg·re·gat·ing.
  1. to eliminate racial segregation; to integrate at an institutional level members of different communities without regard to skin color.
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Origin of desegregate

First recorded in 1950–55; de- + segregate
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Related Words for desegregate

integrate, commingle, unify, open

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British Dictionary definitions for desegregate


  1. to end racial segregation in (a school or other public institution)
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Derived Formsdesegregation, noundesegregationist, noun, adjective
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Word Origin and History for desegregate


1948, back-formation from desegregation. Related: Desegregated; desegregating.

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