[ in-ti-grey-shuhn ]
/ ˌɪn tɪˈgreɪ ʃən /


Origin of integration

1610–20; integrate + -ion; compare Latin integrātiō renewal

SYNONYMS FOR integration

1 combination, blending, fusing.

OTHER WORDS FROM integration

Example sentences from the Web for integration

British Dictionary definitions for integration

/ (ˌɪntɪˈɡreɪʃən) /


the act of combining or adding parts to make a unified whole
the act of amalgamating a racial or religious group with an existing community
the combination of previously racially segregated social facilities into a nonsegregated system
psychol organization into a unified pattern, esp of different aspects of the personality into a hierarchical system of functions
the assimilation of nutritive material by the body during the process of anabolism
maths an operation used in calculus in which the integral of a function or variable is determined; the inverse of differentiation

Derived forms of integration

integrationist, noun

Medical definitions for integration

[ ĭn′tĭ-grāshən ]


The state of combination or the process of combining into completeness and harmony.
The organization of the psychological or social traits and tendencies of a personality into a harmonious whole.
A physiological increase or building up, as by accretion or anabolism.
A recombination event in which a genetic element is inserted.

Scientific definitions for integration

[ ĭn′tĭ-grāshən ]

In calculus, the process of calculating an integral. Integration is the inverse of differentiation, since integrating a given function results in a function whose derivative is the given function. Integration is used in the calculation of such things as the areas and volumes of irregular shapes and solids. Compare differentiation.

Cultural definitions for integration


The free association of people from different racial and ethnic backgrounds (see ethnicity); a goal of the civil rights movement to overcome policies of segregation that have been practiced in the United States.

notes for integration

Those favoring integration of schools by such forceful means as busing or affirmative action have frequently argued that integration of schools will lead to integration of society as a whole. ( See separate but equal.)