Definition of “integrate” - English Dictionary

“integrate” in English

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integrateverb

uk /ˈɪn.tɪ.ɡreɪt/ us /ˈɪn.t̬ə.ɡreɪt/

C1 [ I or T ] to mix with and join society or a group of people, often changing to suit their way of life, habits, and customs:

He seems to find it difficult to integrate socially.
It's very difficult to integrate yourself into a society whose culture is so different from your own.
Children are often very good at integrating into a new culture.

[ T ] to combine two or more things in order to become more effective:

You need to integrate exercise into your normal life.
The idea with young children is to integrate learning with play.
integrated
adjective uk /ˈɪn.tɪ.ɡreɪ.tɪd/ us /ˈɪn.t̬ə.ɡreɪ.t̬ɪd/

The town's modern architecture is very well integrated with the old.
integration
noun [ U ] uk /ˌɪn.tɪˈɡreɪ.ʃən/ us /ˌɪn.t̬əˈɡreɪ.ʃən/

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C1

racial/cultural integration

(Definition of “integrate” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“integrate” in American English

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integrateverb [ T ]

us /ˈɪn·təˌɡreɪt/

to end the separation of people by race, sex, national origin, etc., in an organization or in society:

Until President Truman integrated the armed forces in 1948, African-American soldiers served in segregated army units.

To integrate is also to combine two or more things to make something more effective:

We were taught how to integrate computer use into normal classroom procedures.
integration
noun [ U ] us /ˌɪn·təˈɡreɪ·ʃən/

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“integrate” in Business English

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integrateverb

uk /ˈɪntɪɡreɪt/ us

[ T ] to combine two or more things into one:

integrate sth with sth We're planning to integrate the sales department with the marketing department.
integrate sth into sth We need to develop an online shopping application and integrate it into our website.

[ I or T ] to become part of a group of people:

Her work's good and she seems to have integrated socially.
integrate sb into sth Our induction program helps new staff members to integrate themselves into the team.
integrate with sth Dave seems to be finding it hard to integrate with his colleagues.

(Definition of “integrate” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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The action plan on which we are presently working as a follow-up to the environment and health strategy is designed to integrate this information.
Victims of trafficking in women also find it extremely difficult to re-integrate into their place of origin and even within their own families.
If we liberalise the markets and encourage a drive to integrate them while forgetting this, we run the risk of ultimately achieving colonisation rather than cooperation.
In the same way, we must also introduce and integrate compulsory measures to ensure that the laws or directives adopted are fully complied with.
They can also enjoy additional welfare benefits, such as economic or cultural benefits, in order to enable them to integrate completely.
There is so much criticism of migrants who fail to integrate, but little is done to assist them through, for example, family reunification or rights of free movement.
What we want is to integrate the directive into national law and, most importantly, for it to be accepted by the social partners, by employers and employees.
The reality is that so-called discrimination is often the result of a lack of willingness to integrate on the part of immigrants.
We therefore need to integrate the service markets, but to do so of course while taking account of the legitimate concerns put forward during the debate on the services directive.
You cannot, in the case of displaced persons whose main concern is to return to their homeland, require that the host country integrate them into the labour market.