Definition of integration noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌɪntɪˈɡreɪʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪntɪˈɡreɪʃn//
    Belonging to society, Race, Immigration
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  1. 1[uncountable, countable] the act or process of combining two or more things so that they work together The aim is to promote closer economic integration. His music is an integration of tradition and new technology. see also vertical integration
  2. 2[uncountable] the act or process of mixing people who have previously been separated, usually because of colour, race, religion, etc. racial integration in schools CollocationsRace and immigrationPrejudice and racism experience/​encounter racism/​discrimination/​prejudice/​anti-semitism face/​suffer persecution/​discrimination fear/​escape from/​flee racial/​political/​religious persecution constitute/​be a form of racial/​race discrimination reflect/​reveal/​show/​have a racial/​cultural bias be biased/​be prejudiced against (especially British English) black people/(both especially North American English) people of color/​African Americans/​Asians/​Africans/​Indians, etc. discriminate against minority groups/​minorities perpetuate/​conform to/​fit/​defy a common/​popular/​traditional/​negative stereotype overcome/​be blinded by deep-seated/​racial/(especially North American English) race prejudice entrench/​perpetuate racist attitudes hurl/​shout (especially British English) racist abuse; (especially North American English) a racist/​racial/​ethnic slur challenge/​confront racism/​discrimination/​prejudice combat/​fight (against)/tackle blatant/​overt/​covert/​subtle/​institutional/​systemic racismRace and society damage/​improve (especially British English) race relations practise/ (especially US English) practice (racial/​religious) tolerance/​segregation bridge/​break down/​transcend cultural/​racial barriers encourage/​promote social integration outlaw/​end discrimination/​slavery/​segregation promote/​embrace/​celebrate cultural diversity conform to/​challenge/​violate (accepted/​established/​prevailing/​dominant) social/​cultural norms live in a multicultural society attack/​criticize multiculturalism fight for/​struggle for/​promote racial equality perpetuate/​reinforce economic and social inequality introduce/​be for/​be against (British English) positive discrimination/(especially North American English) affirmative action support/​be active in/​play a leading role in the civil rights movementImmigration control/​restrict/​limit/​encourage immigration attract/​draw a wave of immigrants assist/​welcome refugees house/​shelter refugees and asylum seekers smuggle illegal immigrants into the UK deport/​repatriate illegal immigrants/​failed asylum seekers assimilate/​integrate new immigrants employ/​hire migrant workers exploit/​rely on (cheap/​illegal) immigrant labour/(especially US English) labor apply for/​gain/​obtain/​be granted/​be denied (full) citizenship have/​hold dual citizenship See related entries: Belonging to society, Race, Immigration
  3. Word Originearly 17th cent.: from Latin integratio(n-), from the verb integrare, from integer ‘whole’, from in- (expressing negation) + the root of tangere ‘to touch’.Extra examples We are working to bring about closer political integration in the EU. a milestone in the process of European integration a move towards greater internal integration in Europe economic integration within the three communities integration between research and higher education measures to promote the social integration of mentally handicapped people policies designed to promote global economic integration the integration of disabled pupils into the general education system
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