im·​mi·​grate | \ˈi-mə-ˌgrāt \
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

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Other Words from immigrate

immigration \ ˌi-​mə-​ˈgrā-​shən \ noun
immigrational \ ˌi-​mə-​ˈgrā-​shnəl , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

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Duran immigrated to the United States from El Salvador in 2006; the Southern Poverty Law Center filed a petition on his behalf, and his immigration case is currently pending review with the Board of Immigration Appeals. Meagan Fredette, Teen Vogue, "Journalist Manuel Duran Believes He's in ICE Detention for Criticizing Memphis Police," 10 July 2018 Ironically, O’Rourke, white and of Irish descent, grew up on the border in El Paso and speaks fluent Spanish, while Cruz, whose father immigrated to Texas from Cuba shortly after Fidel Castro took power in 1959, has only minimal skills en espanol. Washington Post, "Ground Game: Will family separation outcry hurt Texas GOP?," 29 June 2018 Your parents legally immigrated to the U.S. from Iraq. Belinda Luscombe, Time, "The Doctor Who Discovered Lead in Flint's Water on What Went Wrong and How to Fix It," 28 June 2018 Cauce immigrated to the U.S. with her family from Cuba in 1959, and became a U.S. citizen 15 years later. Katherine Long, The Seattle Times, "UW President Ana Mari Cauce, U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal win ‘great immigrants’ recognition from Carnegie Corporation," 28 June 2018 Soriano, now 47, immigrated from the Philippines as a young child, along with his family of four, to escape Ferdinand Marcos’ brutal regime. Elizabeth Raiss,, "Who Is Andre Soriano, The Gay, Immigrant Designer Obsessed With Donald Trump?," 27 June 2018 His father and mother, John McCooe and Jane Keegan McCooe, immigrated to Manchester from Portadown, County Armagh, Ireland., "Charles William McCooe," 13 May 2018 Her father immigrated to New York from Cuba in 1968, Univision has reported. Samantha Schmidt,, "Rep. Steve King's campaign ties Parkland's Emma Gonzalez to 'communist' Cuba," 26 Mar. 2018 Lola and Emanuel married in Austria in December 1945, and immigrated to the United States four years later. Bryan Marquard,, "Lola Schuss, 96; wrote of experiences surviving four concentration camps," 9 July 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of immigrate

: to come to a country to live there


im·​mi·​grate | \ˈi-mə-ˌgrāt \
immigrated; immigrating

Kids Definition of immigrate

: to come into a foreign country to live

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