[Ads-l] Can "desegregate" be intransitive?

Joel Berson berson at ATT.NET
Mon Mar 21 20:54:24 UTC 2016

"The University of Alabama desegregated under court order in 1963"  (Perhaps factually incorrect, but surely grammatical.)


      From: Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM>
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Sounds fine to me.


On Mon, Mar 21, 2016 at 10:42 AM, Joel Berson <berson at att.net> wrote:

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> OED3 says for "integrate" 2.b., "To bring (racially or culturally
> different=
> iated peoples) into equal membership of a society or system; to cease to
> se=
> gregate (racially)," and goes on to allow "Also intr., to become
> integrated=
> ," with three intransitive (I think!) examples in the 1960's.
> However, for "desegregate" it only has "transitive": "trans. To reunite
> (pe=
> rsons, classes, races, etc.) hitherto segregated; esp. (orig. U.S.) to
> abol=
> ish racial segregation in schools and other institutions."
> Why not "Also intr., to become desegregated"?=C2=A0 Because the minions
> hav=
> e not yet found an example?
> Joel
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