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
- 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.
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