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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: , past participle of segregare, from se- 'apart' + grex 'herd'


seg‧re‧gate [transitive] [usually passive]
1 to separate one group of people from others, especially because they are of a different race, sex, or religion [≠ integrate]
segregate somebody from somebody
Blacks were segregated from whites in schools.
2 to separate one part of a place or thing from another
segregate something from/into something
The coffee room had been segregated into smoking and non-smoking areas.

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