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 Romeo and Julian, also a defensive end, immigrated to the United States in 2005, more than a year after Melda came with Jimel and their younger sister, Adaeze. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "To understand rise of Detroit Lions' Julian and Romeo Okwara, start with their mom," 10 May 2020 His mother immigrated from Syria and his father is a Palestinian refugee. Sarah Midkiff,, "Who Is Justin Amash? The Libertarian Who Is Making A Play For The Presidency," 29 Apr. 2020 Trudeau contacted the Trump administration after a news report that the president was considering sending troops to patrol the Canadian border to keep people from illegally immigrating during the coronavirus pandemic, according to the National Post. Tim Pearce, Washington Examiner, "Trudeau urges Trump to refrain from stationing American troops at US-Canada border," 26 Mar. 2020 But terms to use when talking about people who are accused of immigrating illegally to the United States is something even officials within the Trump administration have shared differing opinions about. Allen Kim And Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN, "Colorado lawmakers have introduced a bill to replace the term 'illegal alien' with 'undocumented immigrant'," 15 Feb. 2020 In effect, a Hindu Bangladeshi who immigrated illegally can still get Indian citizenship under the CAA even if she is found to have been making a false statement about being part of the pre-1971 wave to get documentation under the NRC. Joseph Allchin, The New York Review of Books, "Why Hindu Nationalists Trialed India’s Citizenship Law in Assam," 6 Jan. 2020 Modi’s government has justified the move as necessary to weed out people who may have immigrated illegally from neighboring Bangladesh. Siobhán O'grady, Washington Post, "Trump stays quiet on Modi’s crackdown," 19 Dec. 2019 The citizenship law follows a contentious citizenship registry process in Assam intended to weed out people who immigrated illegally. Emily Schmall And Sheikh Saaliq, USA TODAY, "Across India, opposition, protests build over citizenship law for non-Muslims," 16 Dec. 2019 Bracamontes, who illegally immigrated to the U.S. from Mexico, was referenced by President Donald Trump during a Congressional speech last year, where Trump introduced the widow of one of Bracamontes’ victims. Jeff Truesdell,, "Suspect in Murders of 2 Calif. Deputies Laughs in Court, Warns ‘I Will Kill More’," 17 Jan. 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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The first known use of immigrate was circa 1623

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22 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Immigrate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 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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