integration

Integration occurs when separate people or things are brought together, like the integration of students from all of the district's elementary schools at the new middle school, or the integration of snowboarding on all ski slopes.

You may know the word differentiate, meaning "set apart." Integrate is its opposite. When you integrate things, you bring them together. So integration is the act of doing just that, like the integration of African-American students into mixed-race schools after segregation was outlawed in the 1950s, or the integration of computers in businesses that had previously only used paper-based record-keeping.

Primary Meanings of integration

1.
n
the act of combining into an integral whole
2.
n
an operation used in the calculus whereby the integral of a function is determined
Full Definitions of integration
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n the act of combining into an integral whole

Synonyms:
consolidation
Types:
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centralisation, centralization
the act of consolidating power under a central control
incorporation
consolidating two or more things; union in (or into) one body
amalgamation, merger, uniting
the combination of two or more commercial companies
vertical combination, vertical integration
absorption into a single firm of several firms involved in all aspects of a product's manufacture from raw materials to distribution
horizontal combination, horizontal integration
absorption into a single firm of several firms involved in the same level of production and sharing resources at that level
Type of:
combination, combining, compounding
the act of combining things to form a new whole

n the action of incorporating a racial or religious group into a community

Synonyms:
desegregation, integrating
Antonyms:
segregation, sequestration
the act of segregating or sequestering
Type of:
group action
action taken by a group of people
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n an operation used in the calculus whereby the integral of a function is determined

Type of:
mathematical operation, mathematical process, operation
(mathematics) calculation by mathematical methods

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