Definition of emigrate
: to leave one's place of residence or country to live elsewhere emigrated from Canada to the United States
emigrationplay \ˌe-mə-ˈgrā-shən\ noun
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Did You Know?
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.
Origin and Etymology of emigrate
Latin emigratus, past participle of emigrare, from e- + migrare to migrate
First Known Use: 1766
EMIGRATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of emigrate for English Language Learners
: to leave a country or region to live elsewhere
EMIGRATE Defined for Kids
Definition of emigrate for Students
: to leave one country or region to live in another My grandparents emigrated from China.
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