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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Recent Examples of emigrate from the Web
The place was much more modest in 1978 when Vatsa Kumar emigrated from Bangalore, India: An 8-by-8-foot temple stood on the site, next to a trailer home where a single priest lived.
Luck’s parents emigrated from Haiti; he was born in Fort Lauderdale.
Researching those who chose to fight for the British and emigrate to Trinidad in order to be free.
Emigrating from Hong Kong, Allan and Betty Ng used food as their way to fit in and establish themselves in their new country.
Brzezinski emigrated from Poland, was a scholar and ultimately moved to the White House.
In the piece, Jared revealed the story of his grandparents, Holocaust survivors from Poland who emigrated to the United States in 1949.
His paternal grandparents had emigrated from Rimini, Italy, in 1909.
To qualify, a person must have a high school diploma and be from a country few people emigrate from.
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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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