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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As someone who immigrated from Moscow 26 years ago, Itkin said that Americans do not know a lot about Russia, but encourages them to travel there to better understand it. Elizabeth Myong, Houston Chronicle, "Russians in Houston have diverse views on international affairs," 8 July 2018 Souami, a father of two who immigrated from an undisclosed country in Africa in 1996, had purchased the sole winning ticket. The Washington Post,, "He returned a bottle of orange juice - and picked up a winning $315 million lottery ticket," 10 June 2018 Through this, approximately 5,000 Haitians are eligible to legally immigrate to the U.S. annually. Sarah Gray, Fortune, "5 Key Things to Know About Haiti After Donald Trump's Insult," 12 Jan. 2018 My father immigrated from Hong Kong before I was born. Kristine M. Kierzek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "IKEA's culinary director could get you to like herring," 28 May 2018 Two-hour documentary looks at the history of an 1882 law that specifically denied one group the opportunity to immigrate to the United States, and prevented those who’d already come here from becoming citizens. Ellen Gray,, "TV picks: 'Fourth Estate,' 'The Americans,' 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,' 'Reverie' and more," 25 May 2018 His father, Cyrus, immigrated from Iran and launched the family’s development business. Ryan Lillis And Marcos Bretón, sacbee, "Sacramento developer Ali Youssefi, instrumental in downtown resurgence, dies at age 35," 11 Mar. 2018 His grandparents and father immigrated to the United States from Albania in the early 1900’s., "Deaths in South Florida: 1/25," 25 Jan. 2018 The idea of aliyah — Jews immigrating to Israel from the Diaspora — generally conjures up the image of young single people or young families. Nadav Shaham, Jewish Journal, "Report: Greater numbers of senior citizens are making aliyah," 12 July 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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