migrate

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verb mi·grate \ ˈmī-ˌgrāt , mī-ˈ \

Definition of migrate

migrated; migrating
intransitive verb
1 :to move from one country, place, or locality to another
  • Thousands of workers migrate to this area in the summer.
2 :to pass usually periodically from one region or climate to another for feeding or breeding
  • The whales migrate between their feeding ground in the north and their breeding ground in the Caribbean.
3 :to change position or location in an organism or substance
  • filarial worms migrate within the human body

migrator

play \ˈmī-ˌgrā-tər, mī-ˈ\ noun

Examples of migrate in a Sentence

  1. He migrates from New York to Florida each winter.

  2. Thousands of workers migrate to this area each summer.

  3. The whales migrate between their feeding ground in the north and their breeding ground in the Caribbean.

  4. They followed the migrating herds of buffalo across the plains.

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Origin and Etymology of migrate

Latin migratus, past participle of migrare; perhaps akin to Greek ameibein to change


MIGRATE Defined for English Language Learners

migrate

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Definition of migrate for English Language Learners

  • : to move from one country or place to live or work in another

  • of a bird or animal : to move from one area to another at different times of the year


MIGRATE Defined for Kids

migrate

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verb mi·grate \ ˈmī-ˌgrāt \

Definition of migrate for Students

migrated; migrating
1 :to move from one country or region to another
  • Families migrated west in search of work.
2 :to pass from one region to another on a regular basis
  • Many birds migrate south for the winter.

Medical Dictionary

migrate

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intransitive verb mi·grate \ ˈmī-ˌgrāt , mī-ˈ \

medical Definition of migrate

migrated; migrating
:to move from one place to another: as
a :to move from one site to another in a host organism especially as part of a life cycle
  • filarial worms migrate within the human body
b of an atom or group :to shift position within a molecule

migratory

play \ˈmī-grə-ˌtōr-ē, -ˌtȯr-\ adjective


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