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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The idea of aliyah — Jews immigrating to Israel from the Diaspora — generally conjures up the image of young single people or young families. Nadav Shaham, Jewish Journal, "Report: Greater numbers of senior citizens are making aliyah," 12 July 2018 Nathani was born in India, grew up in Belize and Central America, and spent time in Mexico before immigrating to the United States. S.m. Chavey, San Antonio Express-News, "Popular San Antonio entreprenneur dies unexpectedly at 33," 3 July 2018 Chao was born in Taiwan and immigrated to the United States as a child with her family., "Candidate Attacks ‘Cocaine Mitch’ McConnell and ‘China People’ in Campaign Ad," 4 May 2018 His stature in the industry followed an improbable rags-to-riches story after immigrating to the United States from Iran as a teenager in 1971. James F. Peltz,, "Bratz dolls maker's CEO leads bids to save hundreds of Toys R Us stores," 22 Mar. 2018 In an interview with the Christian Broadcast Network, Paula White, an author, televangelist and pastor, defended the detention centers where thousands of minors attempting to immigrate to the United States have been housed. Eugene Scott, Washington Post, "Trump allies keep using the Bible in the immigration debate," 12 July 2018 In his speech at the church, Pence drew a contrast between the Venezuelans who have fled economic and political turmoil and people who have attempted to immigrate to the United States. Sarah Dilorenzo, Fox News, "Pence pledges support to Venezuelans until democracy returns," 27 June 2018 Arizona Republic reporters explain the difference between seeking asylum at the border and attempting to immigrate illegally. Anita Snow, azcentral, "Family separations bring call for rare-language interpreters," 26 June 2018 The criminalization and separation of families immigrating to America is inhumane, cruel, and unacceptable. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "Common, Jack Antonoff, Decemberists, Oh Boy Records & More Help Raise Funds For Immigrant Support Groups," 22 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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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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