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

Examples of immigrate in a Sentence

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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 Emmanuel Mensah, a member of the Army National Guard who immigrated from Ghana several years ago, was killed in a Dec. 28 fire in New York’s Bronx section while attempting to rescue others. Dan Lamothe, Washington Post, "U.S. military history is rich with immigrants who left the countries Trump disparaged and sacrificed in combat," 13 Jan. 2018 Despite playing American-in-London Eve Polastri, Oh is Canadian: Her Korean parents immigrated to Canada in the 1960s, settling in the suburbs of Ottawa. Vogue, "5 Things You Didn’t Know About Sandra Oh," 7 Jan. 2019 Jacqueline's mother immigrated from Dublin in the 1950s and arrived at the station. Marc Daalder, Detroit Free Press, "Detroiters flock to see train station; Monday added to open house," 22 June 2018 Wu grew up in Richmond, Virginia, but her parents both immigrated to the United States from Taiwan. Vogue, "5 Things You Didn’t Know About Constance Wu," 15 Aug. 2018 Their relatives, raised near mountains in northern Italy, immigrated to the Midwest around 1950. Mary Bergin,, "Chow down on the farm this summer at special dinners in America's Dairyland," 9 July 2018 Tim Boyle, chief executive officer of Columbia Sportswear, confessed to a roomful of FBI agents this week that his grandfather likely immigrated here illegally from Ireland. Jeff Manning,, "Columbia Sportswear's Boyle blasts Trump immigration policies," 9 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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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 \
immigrated; immigrating

Kids Definition of immigrate

: to come into a foreign country to live

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