[ verb seg-ri-geyt; noun seg-ri-git, -geyt ]
/ verb ˈsɛg rɪˌgeɪt; noun ˈsɛg rɪ gɪt, -ˌgeɪt /
verb (used with object), seg·re·gat·ed, seg·re·gat·ing.
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.
verb (used without object), seg·re·gat·ed, seg·re·gat·ing.
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.
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Origin of segregate
OTHER WORDS FROM segregate
seg·re·ga·ble [seg-ri-guh-buhl], /ˈsɛg rɪ gə bəl/, adjectiveseg·re·ga·tive, adjectivenon·seg·re·ga·ble, adjectivenon·seg·re·ga·tive, adjective
re·seg·re·gate, verb, re·seg·re·gat·ed, re·seg·re·gat·ing.un·seg·re·ga·ble, adjectiveun·seg·re·gat·ing, adjectiveun·seg·re·ga·tive, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for segregate
/ (ˈsɛɡrɪˌɡeɪt) /
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
Derived forms of segregatesegregable (ˈsɛɡrɪɡəbəl), adjectivesegregative, adjectivesegregator, noun
Word Origin for segregate
C16: from Latin sēgregāre, from sē- apart + grex a flock
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