emigrate

verb
em·​i·​grate | \ ˈe-mə-ˌgrāt How to pronounce emigrate (audio) \
emigrated; emigrating

Definition of emigrate

intransitive verb

: to leave one's place of residence or country to live elsewhere emigrated from Canada to the United States

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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.

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Erick emigrated from Cuba to the U.S. with his family in 2012. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "8 Facts About CNCO That’ll Make You Love Them Even More," 28 May 2019 Schauer said many Venezuelans carrying the virus are looking for ways to emigrate to save themselves. Daniel Shoer Roth, miamiherald, "He can’t get proper HIV treatment in Venezuela. But he’s being deported anyway.," 3 Feb. 2018 The Joy Luck Club Based on the best-selling novel by Amy Tan, the movie follows a group of four women (i.e. The Joy Luck Club) who emigrated from China to America, and their daughters. Seventeen, "20 Mother's Day Movies to Watch With Your Mom," 11 Apr. 2019 Widespread shortages of food and medicine have prompted three million Venezuelans to emigrate, mostly on foot. Bradley Olson, WSJ, "U.S. Backing of Venezuela Opposition Government Risks Putting State’s Oil Money in Limbo," 25 Jan. 2019 Samson Borgelin, who emigrated to the U.S. from Haiti in 1981, became a citizen in the late 1990s and is now a North Lauderdale city commissioner, said Trump’s campaigning in Little Haiti helped him. Anthony Man, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Haitian-American voters could turn on Trump," 5 July 2018 Scores have emigrated to Hungary and western Europe, driven in part by Ukraine’s economic crisis and facilitated by the possibility of acquiring dual Hungarian citizenship, which comes with a European Union passport. Pablo Gorondi, The Seattle Times, "Ukraine’s Hungarian minority threatened by new education law," 14 Nov. 2018 He was born in London in 1944, and when Springer was 5 his family emigrated to New York City. Kyle Swenson, chicagotribune.com, "Jerry Springer changed TV forever. After 27 seasons, his daytime talk circus may be over.," 20 June 2018 Her great grandfather, Anselmo Minato, emigrated from the mountainous northern Italian town of Asolo in 1916. John Walters, Newsweek, "Kelsey Minato Is the Best Service Academy 'Baller Since David Robinson," 27 Jan. 2016

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First Known Use of emigrate

1766, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for emigrate

Latin emigratus, past participle of emigrare, from e- + migrare to migrate

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emigrate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of emigrate

: to leave a country or region to live elsewhere

emigrate

verb
em·​i·​grate | \ ˈe-mə-ˌgrāt How to pronounce emigrate (audio) \
emigrated; emigrating

Kids Definition of emigrate

: to leave one country or region to live in another My grandparents emigrated from China.

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