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.

Nearby words

  1. descry,
  2. desdemona,
  3. desecrate,
  4. desecration,
  5. deseed,
  6. desegregation,
  7. deselect,
  8. desensitization,
  9. desensitize,
  10. deseret

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



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