Definition of segregate in English:



  • 1 Set apart from the rest or from each other; isolate or divide.

    ‘hazardous waste needs to be segregated from ordinary trash’
    • ‘The Pentagon's official policy is to segregate juvenile prisoners from the rest of the prison population, and allow young inmates to join family members also being detained.’
    • ‘The last thing he and his fellow polio sufferers wanted was to be segregated and treated as people apart, because they were not.’
    • ‘It is also pressing for the lanes for public transport to be segregated from the rest of the traffic on the bridge.’
    • ‘They can be defined sociologically and claim a unity that partly or wholly segregates them from the surrounding society.’
    • ‘The securities laws now provide that a firm must segregate its customers' moneys and hold them in a separate client account.’
    • ‘The fragmentation of groups by government and police enable them to isolate and segregate different elements of a social movement in order to attack individual parts and impose an uncontested dominant structure.’
    • ‘One of the key principles in corporate governance practice is to properly segregate the powers for decision-making, execution and independent monitoring and challenge.’
    • ‘At present the army and the police are segregated from the rest of society, and are more or less unaccountable to the mass of people.’
    • ‘Also, let us not forget that the military institution provides us with a means to segregate the less desirable members of society from the rest of us normals.’
    • ‘The four inmates - who are segregated from the rest of the prisoners - were only allowed to associate with each other one at a time, until earlier this year.’
    • ‘Our data suggest that this difference in tertiary structure alone will segregate these membrane proteins into two different diffusion classes as well.’
    • ‘I strongly believe that it is anti-social to segregate children's entertainment away from their family as a separate category.’
    • ‘In fact the only reason we're segregating it from the body of our posts is because it's got a different name.’
    • ‘She has been segregated from the rest of the women in the prison ‘for her own safety’.’
    • ‘The key to good recycling practice is to ensure that all recyclable materials are segregated correctly.’
    separate, set apart, keep apart, sort out
    isolate, quarantine, insulate, exclude, closet, protect, shield, partition
    divide, detach, disconnect, sever, divorce, dissociate, cut off
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    1. 1.1Separate or divide (people, activities, or institutions) along racial, sexual, or religious lines.
      ‘blacks were segregated in churches, schools, and colleges’
      ‘segregated education systems’
      • ‘Black men fought in racially segregated units in the Civil War, first with African American officers and then, after 1863, with white officers’
      • ‘Baltzell maintained that social status in the U.S. has been segregated along religious and regional lines.’
      • ‘At first attending religious services segregated by race, slaves gradually accepted Christianity.’
      • ‘Blacks in Washington, led by Sojourner Truth, boycotted segregated public transport.’
      • ‘A public middle school in South Carolina is segregating its classrooms.’
      • ‘Up to that point, baseball had been as segregated as the rest of American life and blacks were forced to practise their craft in the Negro Leagues.’
      • ‘It required that blacks and whites be segregated on the basis of race.’
      • ‘The units are ethnically segregated and under a separate ethnic chain of command.’
      • ‘Even the federal government and military were segregated up to this time.’
      • ‘Racial groups are segregating themselves and retreating into ‘comfort zones’ made up of people like themselves.’
      • ‘Employment opportunities in segregated or partially segregated settings will continue under the new legislation.’
      • ‘The result was a travel industry segregated along race lines, which reflected ‘not racism but ignorance’.’
      • ‘The effect of non-secular, religious and segregated education is very destructive on the society as a whole, and on our children's happy, normal life, and upbringing.’
      • ‘All segregated education must end.’
      • ‘Brown has been overturned and the education system is segregated again.’
      • ‘Schools in Dundee are already beginning to segregate pupils by gender for PE classes, a practice which was phased out after the Second World War.’
      • ‘The 24th Infantry Regiment was as segregated as the rest of the Army at the time; that is, white at the top, black in the ranks.’
      • ‘Recent research into the effect of US Charter Schools points to the creation of a socially segregated two-tier system.’
      • ‘That fence has served its place, but now the different races living here aren't segregated anymore.’
      • ‘The Alabama bus system was segregated by race, with the first ten seats reserved exclusively for white people.’
    2. 1.2Genetics [no object](of pairs of alleles) be separated at meiosis and transmitted independently via separate gametes.
      • ‘During the first meiotic division, homologous chromosomes pair and segregate into two cells.’
      • ‘In the above simulation, I assumed that for every codon, there were at most two alleles segregating in the population at any given time.’
      • ‘A further level of complexity is added in germ cells where homologous chromosomes pair and segregate in meiosis I and sister chromatids remain associated until meiosis II.’
      • ‘The first step of the linkage analysis is to test whether pairs of loci are segregating independently.’
      • ‘Sutton worked with grasshopper chromosomes, and it was in this paper that he showed that chromosomes occur in distinct pairs, which segregate at meiosis.’


  • 1Genetics
    An allele that has undergone segregation.

  • 2Botany
    A species within an aggregate.


Mid 16th century: from Latin segregat- separated from the flock from the verb segregare, from se- apart + grex, greg- flock.