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 highlands hold traces of ancient Jewish communities, though most of Ethiopia’s Jews emigrated to Israel in the 1980s and ’90s to escape famine, persecution and civil war.
Avril has made no secret about his desire to reconnect with his roots and give back to the country his parents were born in and emigrated from in the early 1980s.
The elder Dernbach was born in Canada after her parents emigrated from Glasgow, Scotland.
Many emigrated to the U.S., the U.K. and elsewhere in Europe in search of hope, peace and security.
Panopoulos was born in Greece and emigrated to Canada in 1954.
According to CNN, Mr. Kim, an ethnic Korean, was born in Jilin, China, near the North Korean border, and emigrated to the United States in the 1990s.
Pelle the Conqueror Penniless Swedes emigrate to Denmark in the late 1850s in hopes of finding work and starting a new life.
Barch said her immediately family emigrated to the U.S. in the early 1900s — well before the Holocaust.
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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: 1766See Words from the same year
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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