Definition of segregate in English:

segregate

Line breaks: seg¦re|gate

verb

Pronunciation: /ˈsɛɡrɪɡeɪt
 
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1 [with object] Set apart from the rest or from each other; isolate or divide: disabled people should not be segregated from the rest of society
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  • She has been segregated from the rest of the women in the prison ‘for her own safety’.
  • It is also pressing for the lanes for public transport to be segregated from the rest of the traffic on the bridge.
  • 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.
Synonyms
separate, set apart, keep apart, sort out; isolate, quarantine, insulate, exclude, closet, protect, shield, partition; divide, detach, disconnect, sever, divorce, dissociate, cut off; sequester
1.1Separate or divide along racial, sexual, or religious lines: blacks were segregated in churches, schools, and colleges (as adjective segregated) segregated education systems
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  • Baltzell maintained that social status in the U.S. has been segregated along religious and regional lines.
  • Brown has been overturned and the education system is segregated again.
  • 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.
2 [no object] Genetics (Of pairs of alleles) be separated at meiosis and transmitted independently via separate gametes: the gene pairs segregate at reduction division
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  • 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.
  • Sutton worked with grasshopper chromosomes, and it was in this paper that he showed that chromosomes occur in distinct pairs, which segregate at meiosis.
  • The first step of the linkage analysis is to test whether pairs of loci are segregating independently.

noun

Pronunciation: /ˈsɛɡrɪɡət
 
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1 Genetics An allele that has undergone segregation.
2 Botany A species within an aggregate.
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  • During this drought simulation, the ME-transformed plants depleted soil moisture more slowly than did the wild type or the null segregates.

Origin

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

Derivatives

segregable

Pronunciation: /-ɡəb(ə)l/
adjective
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  • Such situations are effectively normal and result in homologous products that resolve into physically distinct and freely segregable entities at anaphase I.

segregative

adjective
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  • In attempting to create a more nuanced understanding of communal eating, Grignon suggests several binary typologies: domestic and institutional; everyday and exceptional; and segregative and transgressive.
  • If, after passage of the Civil Rights Act, the company willingly abandoned its facially segregative policy, it could still carry forward the effects of its past segregation through other already-existing facially neutral rules.
  • The declaration in itself is discriminatory, segregative and may affect other religious groups psychologically and fail to contribute to the spiritual well being of the country.

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