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 Each application must create at least 10 new jobs and enables such an investor and his or her family to immigrate to the United States permanently. Andy J. Semotiuk, Forbes, "How To Fund Biden’s Infrastructure Plan Using Immigration," 8 Apr. 2021 Faced with rising unemployment, many are seeking to immigrate to high-income countries in hopes of a better life. Chikezie Omeje, Quartz, "How online scammers fooled one of Africa’s biggest fintech startups," 8 Apr. 2021 His latest business venture, to help wealthy Chinese nationals immigrate, collapsed with the pandemic. Los Angeles Times, "Suburban radicals: Inside the resurgence of right-wing extremism in Orange County," 21 Mar. 2021 Republican lawmakers have criticized Biden for the influx of migrants at the border, arguing his lax policies have caused more waves of people to attempt to immigrate illegally. Tatiana Sanchez, San Francisco Chronicle, "Group protests possible detention center for migrant children at Moffett Field in Mountain View," 15 Mar. 2021 Yet folks still seem to want to immigrate to California in droves, judging by the traffic. Abigail Van Buren, oregonlive, "Dear Abby: Mom wants son’s long-time girlfriend included in family events," 29 Nov. 2020 Inspired by Sakharov, Sharansky applied for a visa to immigrate to Israel in 1973. Matthew Continetti, National Review, "Natan Sharansky and the Meaning of Freedom," 28 Nov. 2020 Yap-Banango was the first person in her family to immigrate to the United States, and her death left relatives grieving across continents. Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN, "Covid-19 is taking a devastating toll on Filipino American nurses," 24 Nov. 2020 An advocate for using IQ tests to select who is allowed to legally immigrate to the United States has been given a high-ranking position at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Jeffrey Mervis, Science | AAAS, "Proponent of using IQ tests to screen immigrants named to senior NIST post," 9 Nov. 2020

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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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15 Apr 2021

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“Immigrate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of immigrate

: to come to a country to live there


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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