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

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Ayalla immigrated to Israel at the age of 7 in 2001. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Israeli-Ethiopian Instagram Heartthrob Andebet Ayalla Is Breaking Local Modeling Boundaries," 5 Sep. 2018 His father, Henry Melchior Muhlenberg, founded the Lutheran church in this country after immigrating from Germany, the land of Martin Luther. John Kelly, Washington Post, "A park on Connecticut Avenue NW has a statue of John Muhlenberg. Why?," 7 July 2018 The first Basques immigrated to Idaho in the late 19th century to work as miners but soon turned to sheep herding as their primary occupation. Joanne Dibona,, "Boise trip is a capital idea," 5 July 2018 After immigrating from China, Dong got his start delivering Chinese takeout to downtown businesses in the 1990s. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "Best New Restaurant #6: 168 KTV Bistro, Madison Heights," 14 Feb. 2018 Born in Alexandria, Egypt, Zaki immigrated to the United States as an infant, but visited his birth country often and speaks fluent Arabic. Liz Cantrell, Town & Country, "Actor Zeeko Zaki Is Ready to Change the Narrative of Arab Men on the Small Screen," 25 Sep. 2018 An Iranian who left the country during the Islamic Revolution, after finishing a year of architecture school, Yazdani immigrated to Austin and studied at the University of Texas. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How Yazdani Studio creates buildings that shape culture," 11 Apr. 2018 Duran immigrated to the United States from El Salvador in 2006; the Southern Poverty Law Center filed a petition on his behalf, and his immigration case is currently pending review with the Board of Immigration Appeals. Meagan Fredette, Teen Vogue, "Journalist Manuel Duran Believes He's in ICE Detention for Criticizing Memphis Police," 10 July 2018 Ironically, O’Rourke, white and of Irish descent, grew up on the border in El Paso and speaks fluent Spanish, while Cruz, whose father immigrated to Texas from Cuba shortly after Fidel Castro took power in 1959, has only minimal skills en espanol. Washington Post, "Ground Game: Will family separation outcry hurt Texas GOP?," 29 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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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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