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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emigration \ ˌe-​mə-​ˈgrā-​shən How to pronounce emigration (audio) \ noun

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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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Another letter came from a man in Europe who had emigrated seven years ago because Brazil was a dead end. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, "Brazil’s Primal Scream," 6 Jan. 2019 Taub is a 63-year-old esthetician who emigrated from the former Czechoslovakia 33 years ago; her spa, Bay Harbor Med Spa, has locations in Atlanta and Miami Beach. E.j. Dickson, Vox, "The dangerous rise of vaginal lightening," 6 Dec. 2018 Her father, Joseph Fagone, was a shoemaker who had emigrated from Sicily. Bryan Marquard, BostonGlobe.com, "Lucy Fiandaca, 94, who transformed ‘any situation into love’," 7 July 2018 Claire was born in New Britain on September 5, 1925 to the late Alexander and Johanna (Samoja) Lapsis, who emigrated from Poland. courant.com, "Claire L. Galiette," 9 Feb. 2018 Goring’s mother-in-law, Pip, emigrated to England from South Africa in the 1970s. Bruce Schoenfeld, WSJ, "English Wine Discovers Its New Sparkle," 5 Dec. 2018 Morales, 39, emigrated to the U.S. from Guatemala in 1999. James Briggs, Indianapolis Star, "Former Pence aides trade words over 'racially charged' mailers in congressional race," 29 Apr. 2018 In Arizona Congressional District 8, incumbent Republican Representative Debbie Lesko will be challenged in November by Democrat Hiral Tipirneni, a emergency room doctor who emigrated to the U.S. from India at age 3. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "Florida's Wait for a Woman Governor Continues, but Diversity Still Wins," 29 Aug. 2018 Photo: shamil zhumatov/Reuters David Whelan, the twin brother of Paul Whelan, told The Wall Street Journal in a phone call that his brother was born in Canada to British parents who emigrated there. Ann M. Simmons, WSJ, "American Charged in Russia Tried to Steal $10,000 as a Marine in Iraq," 4 Jan. 2019

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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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