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.
- seg·re·ga·ble [seg-ri-guh-buhl], /ˈsɛg rɪ gə bəl/, adjective
- seg·re·ga·tive, adjective
- non·seg·re·ga·ble, adjective
- non·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, adjective
- un·seg·re·gat·ing, adjective
- un·seg·re·ga·tive, adjective
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How to use segregate in a sentence
The primitive segregative man, if there ever really was such a being, hardly deserves to be called man.Evolution Of The Japanese, Social And Psychic | Sidney L. Gulick
One strong point of difference is the accentuated segregative character of the former, who always live in long cabin villages.Hunting in Many Lands | Various
Are you not, in general, exaggerating the force of the aggregative as against the segregative tendencies in human nature?Philosophy and The Social Problem | Will Durant
A segregative process was away to which Maude was wholly indifferent.A Far Country, Complete | Winston Churchill
British Dictionary definitions for segregate
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
- segregable (ˈsɛɡrɪɡəbəl), adjective
- segregative, adjective
- segregator, noun
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