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verb, mi·grate \ˈmī-ˌgrāt, mī-ˈ\

Simple Definition of migrate

  • : to move from one country or place to live or work in another

  • of a bird or animal : to move from one area to another at different times of the year

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of migrate


  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to move from one country, place, or locality to another

  3. 2 :  to pass usually periodically from one region or climate to another for feeding or breeding

  4. 3 :  to change position in an organism or substance <filarial worms migrate within the human body>

migration play \mī-ˈgrā-shən\ noun
migrational play \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective
migrator play \ˈmī-ˌgrā-tər, mī-ˈ\ noun

Examples of migrate in a sentence

  1. He migrates from New York to Florida each winter.

  2. Thousands of workers migrate to this area each summer.

  3. The whales migrate between their feeding ground in the north and their breeding ground in the Caribbean.

  4. They followed the migrating herds of buffalo across the plains.

Origin of migrate

Latin migratus, past participle of migrare; perhaps akin to Greek ameibein to change

First Known Use: 1697

Rhymes with migrate

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MIGRATE Defined for Kids


verb mi·grate \ˈmī-ˌgrāt\

Definition of migrate for Students


  1. 1 :  to move from one country or region to another <Families migrated west in search of work.>

  2. 2 :  to pass from one region to another on a regular basis <Many birds migrate south for the winter.>

Medical Dictionary


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intransitive verb mi·grate \ˈmī-ˌgrāt, mī-ˈ\

Medical Definition of migrate

migrated; migrating

  1. :  to move from one place to another: asa:  to move from one site to another in a host organism especially as part of a life cycle <filarial worms migrate within the human body>bof an atom or group :  to shift position within a molecule

migratory \ˈmī-grə-ˌtōr-ē, -ˌtȯr-\play adjective

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