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 In 1975, Uncle John, now an I.B.M. company man, sponsored his younger sister’s family to immigrate from South Korea. New York Times, "A Lifetime of Reading Taught Min Jin Lee How to Write About Her Immigrant World," 7 Apr. 2021 Out of about one million applicants who immigrate to the United States each year, current allowances allocate only 10,000 slots to such foreign investors and their family members. Andy J. Semotiuk, Forbes, "How To Fund Biden’s Infrastructure Plan Using Immigration," 8 Apr. 2021 My family risked everything and worked for years to even get the chance to immigrate. Kristin Wong,, "Talking About Anti-Asian Hate With My Conservative Chinese Mother Isn’t Always Easy, But It’s Never Been More Important," 8 Apr. 2021 Her parents waited 10 years to immigrate to America. Gromer Jeffers Jr., Dallas News, "‘I don’t want them here at all,’ Texas GOP congressional candidate says about Chinese immigrants," 1 Apr. 2021 Each application must create at least 10 new jobs and enables such an investor and his or her family to immigrate to the United States permanently. Andy J. Semotiuk, Forbes, "How To Fund Biden’s Infrastructure Plan Using Immigration," 8 Apr. 2021 Faced with rising unemployment, many are seeking to immigrate to high-income countries in hopes of a better life. Chikezie Omeje, Quartz, "How online scammers fooled one of Africa’s biggest fintech startups," 8 Apr. 2021 His latest business venture, to help wealthy Chinese nationals immigrate, collapsed with the pandemic. Los Angeles Times, "Suburban radicals: Inside the resurgence of right-wing extremism in Orange County," 21 Mar. 2021 Republican lawmakers have criticized Biden for the influx of migrants at the border, arguing his lax policies have caused more waves of people to attempt to immigrate illegally. Tatiana Sanchez, San Francisco Chronicle, "Group protests possible detention center for migrant children at Moffett Field in Mountain View," 15 Mar. 2021

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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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9 May 2021

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“Immigrate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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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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