Definition of integrate in US English:



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  • 1Combine (one thing) with another so that they become a whole.

    ‘transportation planning should be integrated with energy policy’
    • ‘But we need to look how these specific rules are integrated into the system as a whole.’
    • ‘All East German tax records were integrated into those of West Germany and officials have ever since been painstakingly reconciling the two systems.’
    • ‘She also worked to make sure that all the green elements were properly integrated into the building as a whole so they work as a coordinated system.’
    • ‘At the back end, newly designed tailpipes are integrated into the bumpers, while chrome plated double exhaust pipes add sporting flashes to the design.’
    • ‘Twin exhaust pipes are integrated into the rear bumper.’
    • ‘The radio / CD, a front loader, together with the temperature control, forms the centre console, which in turn is integrated with the dashboard.’
    • ‘This new economy requires that economies of developing countries be integrated into world trade and their enterprises become competitive.’
    • ‘For the next couple of weeks Scott will work with the cast and the director to ensure the sound effects are integrated into the play.’
    • ‘The fact is that Europe's economy is thoroughly integrated with that of the US, and is part of the whole global system of capital.’
    • ‘The radio antenna is now integrated into the rear glass and five new paint colours will be available.’
    • ‘On the whole, though, the flashbacks are clumsily integrated into the main action, and can't be salvaged by the staging.’
    • ‘Increased awareness has led to a demand that these modern and contemporary traditions be integrated into art history curricula.’
    • ‘‘The idea was to bring in an artist at a very early stage in the design process so that the art piece is more integrated into the park,’ he said.’
    • ‘The plane is integrated into the engine and that makes it much more efficient.’
    • ‘A tiny ECG unit is integrated into the shirt material, with three electrodes attached to the body.’
    • ‘Documentary photographs are integrated with the text, reproductions in black and white appear in one insert, those in colour in another.’
    • ‘The computer animated sequences are seamlessly integrated into the traditionally animated sequences, and there are simply some astonishing visuals.’
    • ‘As part of this process, you will need advice on tax and corporate structuring to ensure that your American operation is properly integrated with the company as a whole.’
    • ‘One of these is handled well, and ends up being a non-issue, because it's fully integrated into the script, used to define and develop character.’
    • ‘Its internet policy was integrated into the staff handbook.’
    combine, amalgamate, merge, unite, join, fuse, blend, mingle, coalesce, consolidate, meld, intermingle, mix, intermix, incorporate, affiliate, unify, assimilate, homogenize, harmonize, mesh, desegregate
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    1. 1.1 Combine (two things) so that they become a whole.
      ‘the problem of integrating the two approaches’
      • ‘Robertson emphasizes that future work should also look to ways that the direct retraining and specific skills approaches can be integrated.’
      • ‘Recent action in Afghanistan - when air and land forces again were closely integrated - reaffirms the effectiveness of this approach.’
      • ‘In contrast, the attraction of a peacemaking approach is that it has the potential to combine and integrate these two facets in a more subtle, and balanced, way.’
      • ‘The advantage of the cointegration approach is that it allows one to integrate the long-run and short-run relationships between variables within a unified framework.’
      • ‘An additional obstacle for low-skill readers is the process by which the meaning of individual words and phrases of written passages are integrated into a coherent whole.’
      • ‘At the front of the house, a pair of reception rooms has been integrated to create a particularly spacious lounge.’
      • ‘E-commerce and affiliate management functions are integrated into one program, making maintenance easier and less expensive.’
      • ‘A better approach is to integrate the three stages into a highly compact, free-space geometry.’
    2. 1.2no object (of a thing) combine with another to form a whole.
      ‘the stone will blend with the environment and integrate into the landscape’
      • ‘The sweep of the book is immense and naturally some areas integrate into the narrative more easily than others.’
      • ‘Cllr Hopkins thought an open day would be enough to ensure the home integrates into its new setting.’
      • ‘The program can also integrate into Windows Explorer's shell context menu, allowing you to quickly add folders with a right-click from within other programs too.’
      • ‘Against these considerations may be weighed the fact that the New Zealand economy is integrating with Australia's anyway.’
      • ‘Whether or not transgenes integrate into specific chromosomes or chromosome regions of the genome has not yet been determined.’
      • ‘The units visually integrate into the landscape, and were constructed without the use of heavy equipment.’
      • ‘In the syllabus, the instructor must define explicitly SL for students and explain to them how course activities integrate into the SL project.’
      • ‘As optical switching technology matures and more meshed networks are deployed, narrowband channelizers will easily integrate into this advanced architecture.’
      • ‘The appliances seamlessly integrate into existing network and storage infrastructures, and require no software to be installed on client machines or file servers.’
      • ‘Retroviruses such as HIV must integrate into the human cell's DNA in order to replicate.’
      • ‘Here's the surprising part: the stem cells did not integrate into the pancreases of these mice.’
      • ‘I like how the vocals melodies integrate into the music.’
      • ‘The HR system integrates easily with payroll to give a combined system for any size of organisation.’
      • ‘The different elements don't integrate together seamlessly.’
  • 2Bring (people or groups with particular characteristics or needs) into equal participation in or membership of a social group or institution.

    ‘integrating children with special needs into ordinary schools’
    • ‘By failing to integrate the individual socially, modernity has forced the individual to mask himself.’
    • ‘Residence life staff will focus on integrating younger students into the university community through social activities.’
    • ‘Some replicants can only socially integrate themselves into a group of people by making fun of others.’
    • ‘Peron preached the doctrine of economic progress and national integration - he created strong trade unions and social institutions that integrated different sections of society into the state.’
    • ‘In its latest reality TV programme Channel 4 is hoping to chart the progress of the prisoners as they are integrated into society.’
    • ‘And city officials are now designing programs to integrate the largely reclusive Chinese community and companies into the social and economic mainstream.’
    • ‘ASEAN has been striving to integrate newer members Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam into the group as quickly as possible.’
    • ‘The first track seeks to strengthen Baltic sovereignty and promote internal reforms by integrating the three republics into European and Euro-Atlantic institutions.’
    • ‘I feel it is very important that they are integrated into the system.’
    • ‘Encouraging such striving, they felt, was the best way for poor blacks to escape poverty and integrate themselves fully into American social and political life.’
    • ‘Social rights would also help integrate previously excluded groups into a common national culture, and thereby provide a source of national unity and loyalty.’
    • ‘But that's not to say that there will not be issues with integrating the two youngest members of the family.’
    • ‘He treated me with the utmost respect, the sex was fab, he bought me cool gifts, integrated me into his social circle, introduced me to the family, etc.’
    • ‘After training, the women are integrated into their families, equipped with self-confidence and skills to pursue a life of their own.’
    • ‘This means that it must struggle to integrate fully its African-American members, as well as its new, predominantly immigrant Hispanic members.’
    • ‘British society became highly cohesive, with its plethora of clubs and societies, but did not integrate, or expect to integrate, people of different social classes.’
    • ‘And integrating China into the global economy by bringing it into the World Trade Organization is all to the good.’
    • ‘It can lead to potential problems for service providers keen to integrate newly transferred employees alongside existing staff members.’
    • ‘Many young people, from both religious denominations, have seen no real social gains from the Agreement, nor any moves to integrate the two communities.’
    • ‘Year after year, they say that integrating Thailand into the global economy will bring manna to all.’
    1. 2.1no object Come into equal participation in or membership of society or an institution or body.
      ‘she was anxious to integrate well into her husband's family’
      • ‘Why should the Scots pay taxes to finance immigrants who don't respect them, won't allow their women to integrate or take on Western fashion or equal rights?’
      • ‘It hopes to give them time to socially integrate.’
      • ‘This allowed the researcher freedom to collect the data and integrate with team members without the obligation of having to engage in work practices within the setting.’
      • ‘In a democracy like ours, this is good news, because it is essential that every citizen should feel comfortable, and compelled to participate and integrate effectively.’
      • ‘Primarily, Dr Lodhi wants Pakistani-origin people to integrate more into British society, particularly where there has been an unhealthy degree of segregation in areas of Yorkshire.’
      • ‘Many of its members are willing to integrate and try to climb Europe's steep social ladder.’
      • ‘Getting this job has been a really good boost for him, and we hope that because he is out there socialising and integrating with people, it will help Matthew even further.’
      • ‘This can be an effective way of helping a new family to integrate but also ensure continued membership growth for a very worthy cause.’
      • ‘During Aznar's first term, Spain fully integrated into European institutions, qualifying for the European Monetary Union.’
      • ‘Carlow equal employment programme was approved funding to integrate older workers in the labour market in County Carlow.’
      • ‘However, researchers believe such measures, while helping the new Germany integrate with the rest of Europe, have not addressed social problems between easterners and westerners.’
      • ‘A ‘skills audit’ of 500 refugees in West Yorkshire found that those unable to find work experienced more problems in integrating into society.’
      • ‘There are very limited opportunities for him to begin to integrate with other children and begin to extend his social and personal learning into a wider context.’
      • ‘I was being moved to a home in Ockingdon, Essex, because the social workers thought I should integrate with my half-brother and sister who were living there at the time.’
      • ‘Their integrative motivation is to have their children speak Spanish in order to integrate socially with Spanish speakers.’
      • ‘The school is the primary location where the native English speakers and the Hispanic students come together and integrate for social and academic purposes.’
      • ‘A tenth of the Swedish population is now foreign - born, filling low-skilled jobs, not integrating well and provoking a political reaction from those who fear for the survival of the Swedish language.’
      • ‘Ireland is the ‘most global nation’ for the second year in a row, thanks to its ability to socially integrate and maintain robust trade and investment with the rest of the world.’
    2. 2.2 Desegregate (a school, neighborhood, etc.), especially racially.
      no object ‘cities' efforts to integrate across urban-suburban lines’
      ‘there was a national campaign under way to integrate the lunch counters’
      • ‘His aversion to racial discrimination compelled him to integrate his high school swimming pool-after which the school closed the pool.’
      • ‘The school district simply bused students around, but provided little help in integrating the schools once they became desegregated.’
      • ‘He was part of a generation of intelligent black engineers who integrated first high schools and colleges, and then major corporations.’
      • ‘Hendrickson uses the aging and sick James Meredith, the first black to integrate the University of Mississippi, to introduce the text.’
      • ‘Making sure that the student teams that visit communities are racially and ethnically integrated also helps.’
      • ‘Learning together may be the first step towards integrating these special schools with the mainstream educational system.’
      • ‘When three schools were integrated in 1971 to form the high school, racial tensions ran high.’
      • ‘Several decades ago, for example, Duke Divinity School led the way in racially integrating Duke University.’
      • ‘He attempted to integrate the University of Mississippi, which is only sixty miles south of Memphis.’
      • ‘The university opened a law school in 1951 because Florida lawmakers did not want to integrate the University of Florida's law school at the time.’
      • ‘He managed the Ramona Gardens project, which was the first one to be racially integrated.’
      • ‘What happened to the effort of people like yourself to get the schools to integrate, to mix the two communities?’
      • ‘Professional football and basketball, which had also been racially segregated, integrated at the same time as baseball.’
      • ‘We aim to build a successful new community which integrates with nearby neighbourhoods, including Meadlands.’
      • ‘A federal judge ordered that both public housing and public schools be integrated.’
      • ‘The city barred any organization from participating which did not racially integrate.’
      • ‘During the civil rights struggle, a little black girl is chosen to integrate an elementary school.’
      • ‘Some movements within the church are still struggling to integrate racially in meaningful ways, with much of the leadership power still held in white hands.’
      • ‘When he helped integrate Tuscaloosa Junior High School, a white boy hit him in the face with a spitball.’
      • ‘A federal judge orders public schools in the Charlotte area to cease special efforts to integrate their schools.’
  • 3Mathematics
    Find the integral of.

    • ‘This distribution has to be integrated numerically to obtain its first two moments and the average values of the mutation load and inbreeding depression.’
    • ‘We're going to look at one example of how they (and the idea of measure in general) let us extend calculus and allow us to integrate some very odd functions!’
    • ‘The only way to compute complete trajectories was to integrate the differential equations numerically.’
    • ‘These two quantities, standard error and bias, are integrated by the measure of root mean-square error.’
    • ‘Also in this letter he asked his advice on integrating equations he had obtained from theoretically modelling bombs dropping.’


Mid 17th century: from Latin integrat- ‘made whole’, from the verb integrare, from integer ‘whole’ (see integer). Compare with integral and integrity.