migrant

noun
mi·​grant | \ ˈmī-grənt \

Definition of migrant

: one that migrates: such as
a : a person who moves regularly in order to find work especially in harvesting crops
b : an animal that shifts from one habitat to another

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Other Words from migrant

migrant adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for migrant

Synonyms

emigrant, émigré (also emigré), immigrant, in-migrant, incomer [chiefly British], out-migrant, settler

Antonyms

nonimmigrant

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Examples of migrant in a Sentence

migrants in search of work on farms Not all birds are migrants.

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President Trump and numerous administration officials have said lax asylum laws have encouraged migrants by the thousands to come to the U.S. illegally, but the administration has faced setbacks in attempts to limit asylum seekers. Jennifer Levitz, WSJ, "Maine’s Largest City Strains Under Asylum-Seeker Influx," 27 Jan. 2019 At least initially, the foragers outnumbered the migrants. Mark Barna, Discover Magazine, "When Farmers and Foragers First Met," 24 Oct. 2018 Republicans on that panel batted down Democratic proposals that undercut the administration's zero tolerance policy of prosecuting and detaining migrants caught entering the U.S. illegally. CBS News, "Push by liberal Democrats’ to abolish ICE delights GOP," 13 July 2018 Before the report on June 26, the North African nation was expelling migrants by the hundreds almost every week into the unforgiving desert, sometimes to their deaths. NBC News, "Algeria stops forcing migrants into Sahara after widespread outrage," 13 July 2018 Pulitzer Prize-winning Getty Images photographer John Moore has been documenting migrants on the U.S.-Mexico border. Ian Duncan, baltimoresun.com, "At least one of the youngest migrant children sent to Maryland will be reunited with family by court deadline," 10 July 2018 Subsequent reports revealed migrants across the country were likely also pressured to forgo their asylum claims in the hopes of seeing their children more quickly. Jay Root And Shannon Najmabadi, star-telegram, "'A very cruel punishment': Family split by 'zero tolerance' won't try to cross again," 10 July 2018 The administration hoped the policy would keep migrants from coming to the U.S., particularly asylum seekers from Central America. Kate Morrissey, Anchorage Daily News, "Illegal border crossings decrease for the first time in 2018," 7 July 2018 On Monday, 99 declarations were filed by the attorneys general in the lawsuit, each detailing horrific conditions facing migrants detained by the federal government. Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "‘It Seems They Did Not Bathe Him’: Immigrant Mother Shares Shocking Details of Child’s Detention," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of migrant

1672, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for migrant

Latin migrant-, migrans, present participle of migrare

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migrant

noun

English Language Learners Definition of migrant

: a person who goes from one place to another especially to find work
: a bird or animal that moves from one area to another at different times of the year

migrant

noun
mi·​grant | \ ˈmī-grənt \

Kids Definition of migrant

: a person or animal that migrates

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