verb im·mi·grate \ˈi-mə-ˌgrāt\

: to come to a country to live there


Full Definition of IMMIGRATE

intransitive verb
:  to enter and usually become established; especially :  to come into a country of which one is not a native for permanent residence
transitive verb
:  to bring in or send as immigrants
im·mi·gra·tion \ˌi-mə-ˈgrā-shən\ noun
im·mi·gra·tion·al \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective


Latin immigratus, past participle of immigrare to remove, go in, from in- + migrare to migrate
First Known Use: circa 1623

Rhymes with IMMIGRATE

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IMMIGRATED Defined for Kids


verb im·mi·grate \ˈi-mə-ˌgrāt\

Definition of IMMIGRATE for Kids

:  to come into a foreign country to live

Headscratcher for IMMIGRATE

Immigrate and emigrate are very close in meaning. What's the difference? It depends on a person's point of view. Emigrate stresses leaving a place, while immigrate focuses on entering a new one.


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