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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Despite playing American-in-London Eve Polastri, Oh is Canadian: Her Korean parents immigrated to Canada in the 1960s, settling in the suburbs of Ottawa. Vogue, "5 Things You Didn’t Know About Sandra Oh," 7 Jan. 2019 Jacqueline's mother immigrated from Dublin in the 1950s and arrived at the station. Marc Daalder, Detroit Free Press, "Detroiters flock to see train station; Monday added to open house," 22 June 2018 Wu grew up in Richmond, Virginia, but her parents both immigrated to the United States from Taiwan. Vogue, "5 Things You Didn’t Know About Constance Wu," 15 Aug. 2018 Their relatives, raised near mountains in northern Italy, immigrated to the Midwest around 1950. Mary Bergin,, "Chow down on the farm this summer at special dinners in America's Dairyland," 9 July 2018 Tim Boyle, chief executive officer of Columbia Sportswear, confessed to a roomful of FBI agents this week that his grandfather likely immigrated here illegally from Ireland. Jeff Manning,, "Columbia Sportswear's Boyle blasts Trump immigration policies," 9 June 2018 The data shows most Muslims that immigrated to the U.S. in the early 1990s came from countries in Asia and the Pacific or Middle East/North Africa. Fiza Pirani, ajc, "Muslims in America, by the numbers," 16 May 2018 CookieCon became one of Arlene Chua’s most life-changing experiences, which is saying a lot for a senior treasury analyst on Wall Street who immigrated to the United States from the Philippines as a child. Alison Roman, The Seattle Times, "‘We are all connected by cookies’: A tribe with a bond stronger than royal icing," 12 Dec. 2018 Pantaleo lives in the North End and grew up cooking with her father, who immigrated from Italy and worked in several of the neighborhood’s restaurants. Emily Williams,, "The city’s two public outdoor pools and South Boston ‘family-friendly’ beach open this weekend," 16 June 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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The first known use of immigrate was circa 1623

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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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