immigrate

verb im·mi·grate \ ˈi-mə-ˌgrāt \
Updated on: 22 Nov 2017

Definition of immigrate

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

immigration

play \ˌi-mə-ˈgrā-shən\ noun

immigrational

play \ˌi-mə-ˈgrā-shnəl, -shə-nᵊl\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of immigrate

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


IMMIGRATE Defined for English Language Learners

immigrate

verb

Definition of immigrate for English Language Learners

  • : to come to a country to live there


IMMIGRATE Defined for Kids

immigrate

verb im·mi·grate \ ˈi-mə-ˌgrāt \

Definition of immigrate for Students

immigrated; immigrating
: to come into a foreign country to live

Headscratcher for immigrate

Immigrate and emigrate are very close in meaning. What's the difference? It depends on a person's point of view. Emigrate stresses leaving a place, while immigrate focuses on entering a new one.



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