Definition of emigrate
- emigrated from Canada to the United States
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Migrate, emigrate, and immigrate are all about being on the move. All those terms come from the Latin word migrare, which means "to move from one place to another." Emigrate and immigrate sound alike, and it is true that both involve leaving one location and entering another. The subtle difference between them lies in point of view: emigrate stresses leaving the original place, while immigrate focuses on entering the new one. You won't have trouble keeping them straight if you remember that the prefix e- means "away," as in eject, and the prefix im- or in- means "into," as in inject.
First Known Use: 1766See Words from the same year
: to leave a country or region to live elsewhere
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of yeast or being unsettled or frivolous
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