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 migrator (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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More than a million coastal residents have already migrated north. Peter Schwartzstein, National Geographic, "This vanishing forest protects the coasts—and lives—of two countries," 17 June 2019 The resulting social instability amplified the political factors that led to war in Syria, with now half its original population of 13 million having migrated or been internally displaced. Farhana Yamin, Time, "This Is the Only Way to Tackle the Climate Emergency," 14 June 2019 Not far from San Marcos, in the mountain hamlet of La Union Los Mendoza, about one in three people has migrated, according to community leader Genaro Méndez. Washington Post, "Central Americans pursue US dream despite Mexico crackdown," 11 June 2019 Drivers entering the property through its main driveway would migrate to the left for gas or to the right for shopping. Paul Sisson, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Vista Costco will move gas station to handle crush of cars," 10 June 2019 People loved being around her, people migrated to her. Kc Baker, PEOPLE.com, "Oakland Raider DeAndre Washington Wears Orange to Honor Sister Killed in 'Senseless' Shooting," 6 June 2019 However, the Times reported one type of ladybug, called the convergent lady beetle, migrates to higher elevations in the early summer to find food, according to the University of California Integrated Pest Management Program. Fox News, "What looks like a massive storm system on National Weather Service radar is actually a lot of ladybugs," 6 June 2019 In the early summer, once the aphid numbers decline, beetles become hungry and migrate to higher elevations, according to the UC program. Ap Mcclatchy, The Mercury News, "High-flying ladybug swarm shows up on National Weather Service radar," 5 June 2019 Similar in concept to HaveIBeenPwned and other like-minded services, the Firefox Monitor has now been migrated from an email alert system to a central dashboard for easier oversight. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Firefox beefs up security and privacy, blocking third-party trackers, Facebook cookies and more," 4 June 2019

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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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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


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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