im·​mi·​grate ˈi-mə-ˌgrāt How to pronounce immigrate (audio)
immigrated; immigrating

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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Soundararajan’s parents, who hailed from the state of Tamil Nadu, fled caste oppression in 1975 to become one of the first Tamil families to immigrate to Los Angeles. Anjali Enjeti, Harper's BAZAAR, 16 Dec. 2022 Soon after settling in Milwaukee, Tanya was able to help the rest of her family immigrate. Joan Elovitz Kazan, Journal Sentinel, 12 Dec. 2022 The measures include reviving a family-reunification program that would allow more Cubans to immigrate to the U.S.; adding flights to places beyond Havana; and providing more support for Cuban businesspeople, according to the State Department. Dallas News, 17 May 2022 Even after passing the statute, Grant continued to be irked that even a smattering of non-Nordics were allowed to immigrate to the country each year. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 6 Oct. 2011 Essentially, the whole history of immigration in the United States has been turned into a set of individual decisions by millions of people to immigrate. How To Save A Country, The New Republic, 20 Oct. 2022 In the year the Franks applied to immigrate to America, 1941, the U.S. quota for German immigrants was only 47% filled. WSJ, 21 Sep. 2022 And spokesperson Jean Hill noted that state or federal officials also require checks for other reasons, such as a priest ministering in a state prison or a clergy member born in another country who is trying to immigrate to the United States. Jessica Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune, 30 Aug. 2022 One of the best work visas for managers and executives who want to immigrate to the United States is the L-1 visa. Andy J. Semotiuk, Forbes, 11 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History


Latin immigratus, past participle of immigrare to remove, go in, from in- + migrare to migrate

First Known Use

circa 1623, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of immigrate was circa 1623

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Cite this Entry

“Immigrate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


im·​mi·​grate ˈim-ə-ˌgrāt How to pronounce immigrate (audio)
immigrated; immigrating
: to come into a foreign country to live
immigration noun
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