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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Many people who emigrate from developing countries to more developed nations send money back home to help their families get by. Nir Kshetri, Quartz India, "Facebook’s cryptocurrency, Libra, could be a boon for developing nations like India," 26 June 2019 Many people who emigrate from developing countries to more developed nations send money back home to help their families get by. Nir Kshetri, The Conversation, "Facebook’s Libra may be quite attractive in developing countries," 25 June 2019 Nasher, who emigrated from Yemen about 12 years ago and became an American citizen after arriving in the US, leaves behind his 29-year-old wife, Anwar, and his four-year-old daughter, Yomna. Maggie Angst, The Mercury News, "As deputies investigate homicide, they locate second victim, suspect on same stretch of Skyline Boulevard," 19 June 2019 The story begins in 1844, when Hayum Lehman emigrated from Bavaria to Mobile, Alabama. Sarah Churchwell, The New York Review of Books, "‘The Lehman Trilogy’ and Wall Street’s Debt to Slavery," 11 June 2019 About the owners: Phil Chen emigrated from China several decades ago. Jane Donahue, Naperville Sun, "MingHin brings Chinatown authenticity to Naperville," 11 June 2019 That Central Americans are emigrating is hardly Mexico’s fault: the vast majority are fleeing droughts, poverty and violence in Honduras, El Salvador and, especially, Guatemala. The Economist, "Mexico has little choice but to placate Donald Trump," 6 June 2019 In the early part of the 20th century, an estimated 300 golfers from Carnoustie, located in Angus across the water from St. Andrews, emigrated to the United States, providing caddies and club makers to help grow a fledgling sport. Edgar Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "New documentary, ‘Loopers,’ celebrates caddies place in golf history," 12 June 2019 The author, Helen Weinzweig, born in Poland in 1915, emigrated to Canada as a child with her mother, published her first novel at the age of 58 and died in 2010. New York Times, "Her Lover May Not Exist, but Her Doubts About the Patriarchy Are Real," 6 July 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of emigrate

: to leave a country or region to live elsewhere


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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