segregate[seg′rə gāt′; for adj. & n., usually, -git]
- To segregate is to separate a group of people because of race, gender or religion, or to set apart or keep separate.
When girls and boys are required to attend different schools, this is an example of a time when the school system segregates.
Origin of segregateMiddle English segregat ; from Classical Latin segregatus, past participle of segregare, to set apart, literally , to set apart from the flock ; from se-, apart (see secede) + grex (gen. gregis), a flock: see gregarious
transitive verbsegregated, segregating
- to separate from the main mass and collect together in a new body: said of crystals
- to separate from others; be segregated
- Genetics to undergo segregation
verbseg·re·gat·ed, seg·re·gat·ing, seg·re·gates
- To separate or isolate from others or from a main body or group. See Synonyms at isolate.
- To cause (people or institutions, for example) to be separated on the basis of race, sex, religion, or another factor.
- To become separated or distinguished: animals that segregate into male and female herds when not in mating season.
- To practice a policy of racial segregation.
- Genetics To undergo genetic segregation.
- One that is or has been segregated.
- Genetics See segregant.
Origin of segregateLatin sēgregāre, sēgregāt- : sē-, apart; see s(w)e- in Indo-European roots + grex, greg-, flock; see ger- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more segregate, superlative most segregate)
- Separate; select.
- (botany) Separated from others of the same kind.
(third-person singular simple present segregates, present participle segregating, simple past and past participle segregated)
- To separate, used especially of social policies that directly or indirectly keep races or ethnic groups apart.