migrate

verb
mi·​grate | \ ˈmī-ˌgrāt How to pronounce migrate (audio) , mī-ˈ How to pronounce migrate (audio) \
migrated; migrating

Definition of migrate

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

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Other Words from migrate

migrator \ ˈmī-​ˌgrā-​tər How to pronounce migrator (audio) , mī-​ˈ \ noun

Examples of migrate in a Sentence

He migrates from New York to Florida each winter. Thousands of workers migrate to this area each summer. The whales migrate between their feeding ground in the north and their breeding ground in the Caribbean. They followed the migrating herds of buffalo across the plains.
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In both cases, the owner is shown taking some personal (a picture, or a necklace) from one device to the other—just as files can be migrated from one PC to the next. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Windows 7 will use pop-ups to warn users of the operating system's impending death," 12 Mar. 2019 Yet if a few individuals regularly migrate to their own islands to breed, then a modestly helpful mutation might have a better chance of establishing a foothold and spreading back to the main population. John Rennie, WIRED, "This Mutation Math Shows How Life Keeps on Evolving," 1 July 2018 Community leaders estimate that only a couple of hundred families remain, with the rest migrating to India or the West over the past four decades. New York Times, "Sikhs and Hindus Bear Brunt of Latest Afghanistan Suicide Attack," 1 July 2018 Weekends would find Kling migrating uptown from the Village. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Totême Opens a Sleek, New Flagship in Stockholm—And Launches a Shoe Line," 7 Mar. 2019 The lawsuit also claims that the center would interfere with migrating butterflies and birds. Michael Tarm, The Seattle Times, "Judge OKs suit aimed at halting Obama library in Chicago," 19 Feb. 2019 Microsoft is encouraging businesses to make the transition before the deadline, and to ensure users also migrate away from legacy apps like Internet Explorer—which will die with Windows 7, too. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "For some, the glory days of Microsoft are ending in about a year," 18 Jan. 2019 As the manufacture of these component technologies has migrated offshore, so have many key systems suppliers. Henry Kressel And David P. Goldman, WSJ, "Silicon, Not Steel, Will Win the Next War," 23 Dec. 2018 Many people are going to be migrating because of climate change. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Full Q&A: ‘Dear America’ author Jose Antonio Vargas on Recode Decode," 24 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of migrate

circa 1623, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for migrate

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

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migrate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of migrate

: 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

verb
mi·​grate | \ ˈmī-ˌgrāt How to pronounce migrate (audio) \
migrated; migrating

Kids Definition of migrate

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.
mi·​grate | \ ˈmī-ˌgrāt How to pronounce migrate (audio) , mī-ˈ How to pronounce migrate (audio) \
migrated; migrating

Medical Definition of migrate

: 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

Other Words from migrate

migratory \ ˈmī-​grə-​ˌtōr-​ē, -​ˌtȯr-​ How to pronounce migratory (audio) \ adjective

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