- to separate or set apart from others or from the main body or group; isolate: to segregate exceptional children; to segregate hardened criminals.
- to require, by law or custom, the separation of (an ethnic, racial, religious, or other minority group) from the dominant majority.
- to separate, withdraw, or go apart; separate from the main body and collect in one place; become segregated.
- to practice, require, or enforce segregation, especially racial segregation.
- Genetics. (of allelic genes) to separate during meiosis.
- a segregated thing, person, or group.
Origin of segregate
Antonyms for segregate
Related Words for segregatedisconnect, divide, isolate, sequester, insulate, island, quarantine, dissociate, select, choose, sever
Examples from the Web for segregate
Contemporary Examples of segregate
They will do much more than segregate parks and bakeries, which they are already doing.The World’s Most Vulnerable Mayor
Janine di Giovanni
March 2, 2013
You segregate all of your other second-class citizens and pretend you have Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité, but you do not.Co-Director Ken Burns on the New ‘Central Park Five’ Documentary
November 23, 2012
We cannot, formally, segregate Muslim passengers from the rest in airport security.Profiling Whole Nations
January 4, 2010
Historical Examples of segregate
In the society of weeds there is this tendency to segregate, quite as in human society.In the Open
Stanton Davis Kirkham
He had failed to segregate the men from the women in the provincial prison.The Audiencia in the Spanish Colonies
Charles Henry Cunningham
Then again, New York grew too rapidly to segregate any race.Half a Man
Mary White Ovington
The ommatidium is from the first segregate and consists of few cells.
We could not segregate the sick, nor could we care for them.South Sea Tales
- to set or be set apart from others or from the main group
- (tr) to impose segregation on (a racial or minority group)
- genetics metallurgy to undergo or cause to undergo segregation
Word Origin for segregate
Word Origin and History for segregate
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.