emigrate

verb em·i·grate \ ˈe-mə-ˌgrāt \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of emigrate

emigrated; emigrating
intransitive verb
: to leave one's place of residence or country to live elsewhere
  • emigrated from Canada to the United States

emigration

play \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


EMIGRATE Defined for English Language Learners

emigrate

verb

Definition of emigrate for English Language Learners

  • : to leave a country or region to live elsewhere


EMIGRATE Defined for Kids

emigrate

verb em·i·grate \ ˈe-mə-ˌgrāt \

Definition of emigrate for Students

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


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