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segregate 1

Syllabification: seg·re·gate
Pronunciation: /ˈseɡrəˌɡāt/


[with object] (usually be segregated)
1Set apart from the rest or from each other; isolate or divide: hazardous waste needs to be segregated from ordinary trash
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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.
separate, set apart, keep apart, isolate, quarantine, closet;
partition, divide, detach, disconnect, sever, dissociate;
marginalize, ghettoize
1.1Separate or divide (people, activities, or institutions) 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.
1.2 [no object] Genetics (Of pairs of alleles) be separated at meiosis and transmitted independently via separate gametes.
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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.


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


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

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segregate 2 Syllabification: seg·re·gate
Pronunciation: /ˈseɡrəɡət/


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.


Late 19th century: from Latin segregatus 'separate, isolated', past participle of segregare (see segregate1).

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