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

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 Ji, who immigrated from Shanghai to Hawaii in the ‘80s, has put his residence on the island of Oahu on the market for a cool $9.3 million. Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 27 Mar. 2024 The 12th of 13 children, Hirshhorn was a boy when his family immigrated from Mitau, Latvia, to New York, in 1905. Angelica Aboulhosn, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 Mar. 2024 Her mother — who was in the audience — immigrated from China and worked as a caretaker and a secretary. Rebecca Davis O’Brien, New York Times, 26 Mar. 2024 Wanting to learn more about manufacturing, Nitin and Meena immigrated to the Chicago area in the 1970s. Hannah Kirby, Journal Sentinel, 12 Mar. 2024 Always attracted to difference, the artist, who immigrated to the States in 1913, spent time at the Blackfeet Reservation, in Montana, in 1920, and made some remarkable drawings of the tribe. Hilton Als, The New Yorker, 4 Mar. 2024 Mayor Riedel, a Democrat who also immigrated to the U.S. from Mexico, told KAWC in December 2022 that the flow of migrants coming through San Luis had put a strain on the city's emergency services, like ambulances. Juliana Kim, NPR, 24 Mar. 2024 Salvatore Brancato, a blacksmith from Sicily who immigrated to Kansas City in 1896, opened Fairyland Park on June 16, 1923. Joseph Hernandez, Kansas City Star, 22 Mar. 2024 In fact, the film is dedicated to Saldaña's late maternal grandmother, who immigrated from the Dominican Republic in the 1960s. Lauren Huff,, 21 Mar. 2024

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Word History


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

First Known Use

circa 1623, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of immigrate was circa 1623

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Cite this Entry

“Immigrate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


im·​mi·​grate ˈim-ə-ˌgrāt How to pronounce immigrate (audio)
immigrated; immigrating
: to come into a foreign country to live
immigration noun
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