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 Faced with limited pathways to immigrate to the U.S. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, 11 Apr. 2022 Ten years earlier, her parents applied unsuccessfully to immigrate to the United States, triggering retaliation by the authorities that set the stage for a decade-long struggle to escape Soviet persecution. Washington Post, 25 Apr. 2022 Once there, families complete paperwork to immigrate — a typically months-long process that’s been shortened to several days. Los Angeles Times, 15 Mar. 2022 Officials said Ukrainians would immigrate via the nation’s refugee admissions program as well as other avenues. Los Angeles Times, 24 Mar. 2022 Those who want to immigrate there need to explore what are the best options for them. Andy J. Semotiuk, Forbes, 5 Jan. 2022 Israel needs to discriminate for the benefit of those eligible to immigrate. Dina Kraft, The Christian Science Monitor, 28 Mar. 2022 But a subset will travel on to Israel: Some will become citizens under a law allowing all Jews to immigrate. Washington Post, 10 Mar. 2022 The Jewish Agency, an organization which runs the hotline and that helps Jews immigrate to Israel, has been helping to bus Jews in Ukraine to hotels in Poland, Moldova, Hungary and Romania. Los Angeles Times, 15 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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9 May 2022

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“Immigrate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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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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