The waiting room at the pediatrician's office is segregated to separate the sick from the well children.
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 verb-·gat·ed, -·gat·ing
- 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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