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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Gino and Gisella Mozzicato opened the bakery on Franklin Avenue in Hartford’s South End five years after immigrating to the U.S. from Italy, according to the website. Tess Vrbin,, "Mozzicato Bakery’s fifth location will open in Rocky Hill," 12 June 2019 The 76-foot monument, which holds up the 12-foot, 9-inch marble Columbus statue, was erected in 1892 by Italian-Americans in New York City who faced discrimination after immigrating to the U.S. Katie Honan, WSJ, "Cuomo Moves to Protect City’s Columbus Statue as He Marches in Parade," 8 Oct. 2018 Twenty-four hours after President Trump signed an executive order reversing his policy of separating families who immigrated illegally at the border, the shards are still being reassembled. Aaron Blake, Washington Post, "3 lessons from Trump’s immigration fiasco," 22 June 2018 In 1987, Jerzy and his wife immigrated with their family to the United States and settled in Hartford., "Jerzy George Budnik," 12 June 2018 Cubans who want to immigrate to the United States must apply at the U.S. Embassy in Colombia, while those who just want to visit, to see family or for any other reason, must apply at any U.S. Embassy outside Cuba. Nora Gámez Torres, miamiherald, "U.S. promise to issue 20,000 visas to Cubans is jeopardized by cuts at embassy in Havana," 9 Feb. 2018 Jones’s family were some of the first inhabitants: Her mother immigrated at age 17. Vogue, "Yosheva Jones, Tel Aviv’s Most In-Demand Face, on Growing Up As a Black Hebrew," 27 Mar. 2019 Charles Kushner’s father, Joseph Kushner, a Holocaust survivor, immigrated to the U.S. in 1949 and became a construction worker and later a developer of garden apartments in suburban New Jersey. Peter Grant, WSJ, "Kushner Cos. Pays $1.1 Billion for Suburban Apartment Portfolio," 22 Feb. 2019 Galvez, who has worked for Starbucks for three years, immigrated to the U.S. at age 5 and said he was put in remedial classes in elementary school because of his heavily accented English. Rachel Siegel,, "Starbucks’ bias training finally happened. Here’s what it looked like," 30 May 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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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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