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

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Jones’s family were some of the first inhabitants: Her mother immigrated at age 17. Vogue, "Yosheva Jones, Tel Aviv’s Most In-Demand Face, on Growing Up As a Black Hebrew," 27 Mar. 2019 Charles Kushner’s father, Joseph Kushner, a Holocaust survivor, immigrated to the U.S. in 1949 and became a construction worker and later a developer of garden apartments in suburban New Jersey. Peter Grant, WSJ, "Kushner Cos. Pays $1.1 Billion for Suburban Apartment Portfolio," 22 Feb. 2019 Galvez, who has worked for Starbucks for three years, immigrated to the U.S. at age 5 and said he was put in remedial classes in elementary school because of his heavily accented English. Rachel Siegel,, "Starbucks’ bias training finally happened. Here’s what it looked like," 30 May 2018 Darshan and Pam Grewal married in India and immigrated together to the United States in 1992. Jim Stingl, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Stingl: Four siblings take turns being valedictorian at Milwaukee's Riverside High School," 17 May 2018 When the deportations of Jews began in 1942, Mrs. Lachman hid in the attic of Schaft’s home, survived the war, immigrated to Washington in 1947 and later began working for the IMF. Washington Post, "The story must be told.," 17 May 2018 He was born on May 2, 1944 in Mumbai India and then lived in Ahmedabad, Gujarat prior to immigrating to the US in 1978. Hartford Courant,, "Mahesh T. Dalal," 13 Apr. 2018 Her parents had immigrated from Egypt to Erie, Pennsylvania. Town & Country, "Mary Boone Is Taking a Break," 18 Apr. 2019 Markle will immigrate to England and become a British subject. Lauren Collins, The New Yorker, "Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and Royal Romance," 11 May 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 How to pronounce immigrate (audio) \
immigrated; immigrating

Kids Definition of immigrate

: to come into a foreign country to live

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