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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Other Words from immigrate

immigration \ ˌi-​mə-​ˈgrā-​shən How to pronounce immigration (audio) \ noun
immigrational \ ˌi-​mə-​ˈgrā-​shnəl How to pronounce immigrational (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

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Reuniting with them in Maryland at age seven, when Abdulai and his brother could finally immigrate as well, began a period of massive changes and adjustments. Dan Greene,, "Abdulai Bundu Wants You to Know the Price and Payoff of an Immigration Success Story," 31 Jan. 2018 For ways to help families immigrating to the U.S., visit Anne Fulenwider, Marie Claire, "United We Stand," 13 Aug. 2018 About the author: Mbue, who also immigrated from Cameroon to the U.S., received a $1 million book deal for her manuscript. Catie L'heureux, The Cut, "5 Books to Read If You Love New York," 6 Apr. 2018 He was born in Brooklyn, New York, in April 1983, to parents who immigrated from Albania and worked as janitors in New York apartment buildings. Robert Reich, Newsweek, "Robert Reich: America Has A Martin Shkreli Problem," 13 Mar. 2018 Enter Sophie Berezinski, a woman who had recently immigrated from Russia with her husband and 2,000 solid copper mugs in tow. Katie Chang, Town & Country, "The Fascinating History of the Moscow Mule," 7 Oct. 2016 Two sisters immigrate to America from a small Irish village…what unfolds is a lifetime of differences. Redbook, "20 Books You Need to Take to the Beach This Summer," 17 May 2017 Reyes immigrated to Los Angeles from Oaxaca, Mexico, two decades ago with a degree in agricultural engineering. Angel Jennings,, "$25,000 reward offered after brutal attack on street vendor," 21 Mar. 2018 Chef Zhao immigrated to the United States 17 years ago. Momo Chang, San Francisco Chronicle, "Q&A with Daihong Zhao, a Sichuanese culinary master," 9 Feb. 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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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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