verb (used with object), in·te·grat·ed, in·te·grat·ing.
- to bring together or incorporate (parts) into a whole.
- to make up, combine, or complete to produce a whole or a larger unit, as parts do.
- to unite or combine.
- to give or cause to give equal opportunity and consideration to (a racial, religious, or ethnic group or a member of such a group): to integrate minority groups in the school system.
- to combine (previously segregated educational facilities, classes, and the like) into one unified system; desegregate.
- to give or cause to give members of all racial, religious, and ethnic groups an equal opportunity to belong to, be employed by, be customers of, or vote in (an organization, place of business, city, state, etc.): to integrate a restaurant; to integrate a country club.
- Mathematics. to find the value of the integral of (a function).
- to indicate the total amount or the mean value of.
verb (used without object), in·te·grat·ed, in·te·grat·ing.
- to become integrated.
- to meld with and become part of the dominant culture.
- to perform the operation of integration, or finding the integral of a function or equation.
- to find the solution to a differential equation.
- (tr) to make or be made into a whole againto reintegrate inner divisions
- (often foll by into) to amalgamate or help to amalgamate (a group) with an existing communityreintegrate young homeless people into society
- to make or be made into a whole; incorporate or be incorporated
- (tr) to designate (a school, park, etc) for use by all races or groups; desegregate
- to amalgamate or mix (a racial or religious group) with an existing community
- maths to perform an integration on (a quantity, expression, etc)
- made up of parts; integrated
1630s, “to render (something) whole,” from Latin integratus, past participle of integrare “make whole,” from integer “whole” (see integer). Meaning “to put together parts or elements and combine them into a whole” is from 1802. Integrate in the “racially desegregate” sense is a back-formation from integration, dating to the 1948 U.S. presidential contest. Related: Integrated; integrating.