- 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.
segregate definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Middle 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) plush 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
- segregative adjective
segregate definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb seg·re·gat·ed, seg·re·gat·ing, seg·re·gates verb, transitive
- To separate or isolate from others or from a main body or group. See Synonyms at isolate.
- To impose the separation of (a race or class) from the rest of society.
- To become separated from a main body or mass.
- To practice a policy of racial segregation.
- Genetics To undergo genetic segregation.
- One that is or has been segregated.
- Genetics See segregant.
Origin: Latin sēgregāre, sēgregāt- : sē-, apart; see s(w)e- in Indo-European roots + grex, greg-, flock; see ger- in Indo-European roots.
- segˈre·gaˌtive adjective
- segˈre·gaˌtor noun