immigrate

verb
im·​mi·​grate | \ ˈi-mə-ˌgrāt How to pronounce immigrate (audio) \
immigrated; immigrating

Definition of immigrate

intransitive verb

: to enter and usually become established especially : to come into a country of which one is not a native for permanent residence

transitive verb

: to bring in or send as immigrants

Examples of immigrate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Opponents on the right argue DACA protections reward people who broke the law and encourage more people to immigrate without legal permission. Michelle L. Price, Anchorage Daily News, "She can’t vote, but 2020 Democrats want her support anyway," 24 Nov. 2019 On a few occasions, Colonel Vindman conveyed thanks to his father for having the courage to immigrate to the United States as a refugee from Ukraine, then part of the Soviet Union. Mark Leibovich, New York Times, "A Purple Heart, Combat Badge and Ranger Tab: Vindman Sends a Message," 20 Nov. 2019 Opponents on the right argue DACA protections reward people who broke the law and encourage more people to immigrate without legal permission. Michelle L. Price, Fortune, "DACA Dreamer Astrid Silva Can’t Vote But 2020 Democrats Want Her Support," 19 Nov. 2019 Opponents on the right argue DACA protections reward people who broke the law and encourage more people to immigrate without legal permission. NBC News, "She can't vote, but 2020 Democrats want her support anyway," 19 Nov. 2019 Suddenly restricted from entering the U.S., Shakeri would have to qualify for a travel ban waiver to immigrate. Tatiana Sanchez, SFChronicle.com, "Iranian families separated by Trump travel ban sue over waiver delays," 9 Nov. 2019 Skip to main content Arizona Republic reporters explain the difference between seeking asylum at the border and attempting to immigrate illegally. Rafael Carranza, USA TODAY, "Mexican migrant in Border Patrol custody dies at Arizona hospital," 23 Oct. 2019 Even at a time of strong nationalistic sentiment and high tension with the West, many hope to immigrate to Western countries. Yaqiu Wang, Twin Cities, "Yaqiu Wang: China’s Communist Party is as shadowy and repressive as when it took power 70 years ago," 3 Oct. 2019 He was freed in 2015 by President Barack Obama, but his fate continues be a source of discomfort for Israelis, with the United States continuing to refuse his request to immigrate to Israel. BostonGlobe.com, "According to the report, which cited three anonymous former senior US officials ‘‘with knowledge of the matter,’’ the equipment — devices that mimic cell towers, fooling cellphones into giving them their locations and identity information — was discovered some time ago.," 13 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of immigrate

circa 1623, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for immigrate

Latin immigratus, past participle of immigrare to remove, go in, from in- + migrare to migrate

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The first known use of immigrate was circa 1623

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5 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Immigrate.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/immigrate. Accessed 8 December 2019.

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immigrate

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How to pronounce immigrate (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of immigrate

: to come to a country to live there

immigrate

verb
im·​mi·​grate | \ ˈi-mə-ˌgrāt How to pronounce immigrate (audio) \
immigrated; immigrating

Kids Definition of immigrate

: to come into a foreign country to live

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