migrate

verb
mi·​grate | \ ˈmī-ˌgrāt How to pronounce migrate (audio) , mī-ˈgrāt 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 migrate (audio) , mī-​ˈgrā-​ \ 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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Recent Examples on the Web But the late summer generation of monarchs that migrate to Mexico live about nine months, said Champagne. BostonGlobe.com, 8 Sep. 2021 Unlike eastern populations of monarchs that migrate to warmer forests in the mountains of Mexico, monarchs west of the Rockies mostly journey to coastal locations in California each winter. San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 June 2021 Particulate matter contains microscopic solids or liquid droplets that can migrate deep into the lungs and cause serious health problems, according to the EPA. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, 5 June 2021 Yet many arriving Tuesday were sub-Saharan Africans who often migrate to flee poverty or violence at home. Renata Brito And Aritz Parra, USA TODAY, 18 May 2021 Yet many arriving Tuesday were sub-Saharan Africans who often migrate to flee poverty or violence at home. Ranata Brito, Anchorage Daily News, 18 May 2021 Canadian scientists found that in the 2018-2019 winter, bowhead whales that typically migrate from the frigid waters in the Beaufort Sea and Amundsen Gulf decided to stay put, instead of swimming south. James Hookway, WSJ, 16 May 2021 The refuges, nicknamed the Everglades of the West, support up to 80% of the birds that migrate on the Pacific Flyway. Fox News, 15 May 2021 The refuges, nicknamed the Everglades of the West, support up to 80 percent of the birds that migrate on the Pacific Flyway. NBC News, 14 May 2021

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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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The first known use of migrate was circa 1623

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23 Sep 2021

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“Migrate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/migrate. Accessed 28 Sep. 2021.

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More Definitions for migrate

migrate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of migrate

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

migrate

intransitive verb
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 migrate (audio) \ adjective

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