Definition of desegregate in US English:

desegregate

verb

[with object]
  • End a policy of racial segregation in.

    ‘actions to desegregate schools’
    • ‘Thus, the Court sent the school desegregation cases back to the federal district courts with directions to desegregate the schools ‘with all deliberate speed.’’
    • ‘They desegregated a rural area where the people were poor farmers and they knew there would be no opposition.’
    • ‘He was the first President to desegregate the U.S. Army, the military, and the first President to put forth the Civil Rights Act.’
    • ‘The Massachusetts legislature outlawed racial segregation in 1855, but the battle to desegregate schools remained a daunting one for Blacks in many parts of the country, particularly the South.’
    • ‘For more than two decades, the branch has worked on desegregating the city's public school system to increase opportunities for minority students to attend suburban schools.’
    • ‘Federal courts had to force states to desegregate their school systems and improve brutal prison conditions, for example.’
    • ‘Indeed, the 1955 instruction in the second judgment to desegregate the public schools with ‘all deliberate speed’ remains the classic example of non-compliance.’
    • ‘‘Academic adjustments and reasonable modifications’ and the provision of ‘auxiliary aides and services’ are important tools for desegregating institutions and extending equal educational opportunity to the disability community.’
    • ‘The court also stipulated that the districts could be released from court ordered desegregation if the students and faculty were desegregated and the district met other desegregation requirements.’
    • ‘One of the last cities in the country to desegregate its elementary schools, today it is almost 40% black and Hispanic.’
    • ‘The protest forced the bus companies to desegregate the buses.’
    • ‘Over the last 25 to 30 years a number of traditionally male-only schools within the Caribbean have become desegregated by becoming coeducational.’
    • ‘But have we really desegregated ourselves along color lines as a society?’
    • ‘In 1948, Harry Truman desegregated the American military.’
    • ‘They felt that African Americans, by going to desegregated schools would face segregation within those schools and suffer accordingly.’
    • ‘We must ensure that where desegregated schools exist, segregation within the school does not minimize interracial exposure.’
    • ‘Clearly the struggle for civil rights continues and desegregated schools are an important achievement that must be preserved, but school desegregation is not a panacea.’
    • ‘Our California plants were desegregated in the 1940s.’
    • ‘No suit could have the impact that desegregating a school district would produce.’
    • ‘The remedy for the situation was not to enhance segregated facilities, but to desegregate the facilities.’
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Pronunciation

desegregate

/dēˈseɡrəˌɡāt//diˈsɛɡrəˌɡeɪt/