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 Choi immigrated from South Korea to San Francisco in 1984 and opened his first restaurant, the Taylor Street Coffee Shop, in Union Square in 2002. Justin Phillips,, "Kitchen Story, U :Dessert Story, Sweet Maple to open new locations in 2020," 9 Jan. 2020 Ali — whose mother immigrated from Iran and father from Iraq — immediately began thinking about her family members who live in Qom and Isfahan, major cultural cities in Iran. Omar Abdel-baqui, Detroit Free Press, "Iranian American worries about her family's safety in Iran," 8 Jan. 2020 Her father Jose Perez immigrated from El Salvador in 1980 and began driving a cab shortly thereafter. Shirley Leung,, "An unceremonious end to a storied 102-year-old Boston establishment," 31 Dec. 2019 Aguilar immigrated to the United States from Guatemala at age 13, traveling alone and speaking only an ancient language, Mayan mam, known to just half a million people. Hannah Natanson, Washington Post, "This Guatemalan immigrant survived being homeless to become a college graduate. Now, he’s teaching other immigrants at the school that helped save him.," 30 Dec. 2019 In 1893, his great-grandfather immigrated to the US from northern Italy, a region that is part of modern-day Switzerland. Chase Purdy, Quartz, "Plant-based milks aren’t the reason US dairies are struggling," 21 Dec. 2019 Since Castro made his remarks, Andrew Yang, a Chinese-American entrepreneur whose parents immigrated from Taiwan, has qualified for the debate. Jonah Goldberg, National Review, "Diversity Panic Hits the Democratic Field," 13 Dec. 2019 Producer Emmanuel Dzotsi immigrated to the United States in his early teens and spent the next 13 years in Ohio. al, "Popular podcast tackles Alabama’s Democratic split," 12 Dec. 2019 Laura Behrens Wu, co-founder of Shippo, also immigrated to the United States from Germany along with her business partner. Nicole Goodkind, Fortune, "Immigrant Founders of Multi-Million Dollar Startups Struggle To Remain in the U.S.," 11 Dec. 2019

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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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17 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Immigrate.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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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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