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[ verb seg-ri-geyt; noun seg-ri-git, -geyt ]

verb (used with object)

, seg·re·gat·ed, seg·re·gat·ing.
  1. to separate or set apart from others or from the main body or group; isolate:

    to segregate exceptional children; to segregate hardened criminals.

    Antonyms: integrate

  2. to require, by law or custom, the separation of (an ethnic, racial, religious, or other minority group) from the dominant majority.

verb (used without object)

, seg·re·gat·ed, seg·re·gat·ing.
  1. to separate, withdraw, or go apart; separate from the main body and collect in one place; become segregated.
  2. to practice, require, or enforce segregation, especially racial segregation.
  3. Genetics. (of allelic genes) to separate during meiosis.


  1. a segregated thing, person, or group.


/ ˈsɛɡrɪɡəbəl; ˈsɛɡrɪˌɡeɪt /


  1. to set or be set apart from others or from the main group
  2. tr to impose segregation on (a racial or minority group)
  3. genetics metallurgy to undergo or cause to undergo segregation
“Collins English Dictionary — Complete & Unabridged” 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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Derived Forms

  • ˈsegreˌgative, adjective
  • ˈsegreˌgator, noun
  • segregable, adjective
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Other Words From

  • seg·re·ga·ble [seg, -ri-g, uh, -b, uh, l], adjective
  • segre·gative adjective
  • non·segre·ga·ble adjective
  • non·segre·gative adjective
  • re·segre·gate verb resegregated resegregating
  • un·segre·ga·ble adjective
  • un·segre·gating adjective
  • un·segre·gative adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of segregate1

1400–50 in sense “segregated”; 1535–45 as transitive v.; late Middle English segregat < Latin sēgregātus (past participle of sēgregāre to part from the flock), equivalent to sē- se- + greg- (stem of grex flock) + -ātus -ate 1; gregarious
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Word History and Origins

Origin of segregate1

C16: from Latin sēgregāre, from sē- apart + grex a flock
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Example Sentences

Americans even segregate politically, leading to 90-10 voting patterns in thousands of precincts.

They will do much more than segregate parks and bakeries, which they are already doing.

The men and women largely self-segregate into gendered rows as is common in synagogue.

You segregate all of your other second-class citizens and pretend you have Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité, but you do not.

Even one of the Brookings scholars told me that the Brotherhood would probably segregate the sexes.

Thus, to trace it, the autopsy doctors would have to find, separate or segregate a billionth bit of the mass under observation.

No attempt is made to segregate the entries by year, since we are interested in the total, not the annual increment.

Any motive that will not so segregate men and break up all other bonds cannot be said to be a very fertile cause of war.

It was this “shadow of a sickness,” that served to segregate Margaret to the extent that was really necessary for her well being.

He meant to fence off side canyons and to segregate droves of his hogs, and to raise abundance of corn for winter feed.