immigrate

verb
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 The Immigration and Nationality Act already requires a handful of vaccinations to immigrate, including for polio and measles. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 16 Sep. 2021 He was chosen at random from a pool of 23 million to get the chance to apply for one of 55,000 visas to immigrate to the U.S. Dara Lind, ProPublica, 27 Aug. 2021 Left Behind, a nonprofit charity that helps Afghans immigrate on special immigrant visas, estimates that about 30,000 people are in the slow-moving pipeline for those official and coveted passes. Los Angeles Times, 21 Aug. 2021 Haiti has become a predominately migrant-sending country, according to the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), a nonpartisan research institution, meaning more people emigrate from Haiti than immigrate to it. Time, 22 July 2021 The covenantal view worked as long as large numbers of people didn’t immigrate to America, which from about 1640 to 1800 very few did. Barton Swaim, WSJ, 18 June 2021 However, after Israel was founded in 1948, Bulgaria strongly encouraged its Jewish population to immigrate to the new Jewish state. Jonah Goldman Kay, sun-sentinel.com, 11 Aug. 2021 Afghan men make up most of the interpreters and cultural officers who have worked for the United States over the 20-year war and, in turn, have been granted special access to immigrate. BostonGlobe.com, 18 Aug. 2021 Afghan men make up most of the interpreters and cultural officers who have worked for the United States over the 20-year war and, in turn, have been granted special access to immigrate. Lara Jakes, New York Times, 18 Aug. 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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18 Sep 2021

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“Immigrate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/immigrate. Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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immigrate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of immigrate

: to come to a country to live there

immigrate

verb
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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