segregate (v.) 1540s, from L. segregatus, pp. of segregare "separate from the flock, isolate, divide," from *se gregare, from se "apart from" (see SECRET (Cf. secret)) + grege, ablative of grex "herd, flock" (see GREGARIOUS (Cf. gregarious)). Originally often with reference to the religious notion of separating the flock of the godly from sinners. Related: Segregated; segregating.

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  • segregate — seg·re·gate / se gri ˌgāt/ vb gat·ed, gat·ing vt: to cause or force the separation of; specif: to separate (persons) on the basis of race, religion, or national origin vi: to practice or enforce a policy of segregation seg·re·ga·tive / ˌgā tiv/… …   Law dictionary

  • Segregate — Seg re*gate, a. [L. segregatus, p. p. of segregare to separate; pref. se aside + grex, gregis, a flock or herd. See {Gregarious}.] 1. Separate; select. [1913 Webster] 2. (Bot.) Separated from others of the same kind. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Segregate — Seg re*gate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Segregated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Segregating}.] To separate from others; to set apart. [1913 Webster] They are still segregated, Christians from Christians, under odious designations. I. Taylor. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Segregate — Seg re*gate, v. i. (Geol.) To separate from a mass, and collect together about centers or along lines of fracture, as in the process of crystallization or solidification. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • segregate — vb *isolate, seclude, insulate, sequester Analogous words: *separate, divide, part, sever: *detach, disengage: *choose, select, single …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • segregate — [v] discriminate and separate choose, close off, cut off, disconnect, dissociate, divide, insulate, island, isolate, quarantine, select, sequester, set apart, sever, single out, split up; concepts 21,135,645 Ant. combine, desegregate, gather,… …   New thesaurus

  • segregate — ► VERB 1) set apart from the rest or from each other. 2) separate along racial, sexual, or religious lines. ORIGIN Latin segregare separate from the flock …   English terms dictionary

  • segregate — [seg′rə gāt΄; ] for adj. & n., usually [, seg′rəgit] adj. [ME segregat < L segregatus, pp. of segregare, to set apart, lit., to set apart from the flock < se , apart (see SECEDE) + grex (gen. gregis), a flock: see GREGARIOUS] separate; set… …   English World dictionary

  • segregate — v. 1) (D; tr.) to segregate from (to segregate one group from another) 2) (D; tr.) to segregate into (to segregate people into different groups) * * * [ segrɪg(e)ɪt] (D; tr.) to segregate from (to segregate one group from another) (D; tr.) to… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • segregate — [[t]se̱grɪgeɪt[/t]] segregates, segregating, segregated VERB To segregate two groups of people or things means to keep them physically apart from each other. [V n] A large detachment of police was used to segregate the two rival camps of… …   English dictionary

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