migrate

verb
mi·​grate | \ ˈmī-ˌgrāt, mī-ˈ \
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 , 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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After a second spell in Hanover, Handel migrated in 1712 to London. Norman Lebrecht, WSJ, "‘Handel in London’ Review: The First Musician-Entrepreneur," 21 Dec. 2018 Roughly 6 million years ago, our chimpanzee ancestors migrated from the dense rainforest to the open savannah in East Africa. Sean Illing, Vox, "Why humans evolved into such good bullshitters," 6 Dec. 2018 Texts migrated from print to digital and sometimes back again. Joe Karaganis, Washington Post, "Russia is building a new Napster — but for academic research," 13 July 2018 The only truly wild flock migrates between Texas and Alberta, Canada, and makes up about two-thirds of all birds in the wild. BostonGlobe.com, "Birth of 5 chicks signals comeback for Louisiana’s whooping crane," 13 July 2018 Tourists looking for high-end safaris and migrating herds trailed by slavering lions were not drawn to its arid expanses. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "Going Off-Grid in Namibia," 21 Dec. 2018 The hyper-aggressive grass crowds out native species, and eats up acre upon acre of tidal mudflat that countless migrating shorebirds desperately need. William Poor, The Verge, "This monster plant is taking over Silicon Valley — should we let it?," 7 Aug. 2018 Although Mars does not have many of the eroding processes that create dust on Earth, such as running water and migrating glaciers, the MFF is so lightly held together that it can be broken down by the light Martian breeze. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "Nearly All the Dust on Mars Comes From One Rock Formation," 26 July 2018 For half a century, the water has been fed into the aqueducts by giant southern delta pumps that have reversed San Joaquin River flows, confusing migrating baby salmon. George Skelton, latimes.com, "What do Southern Californians really get out of Gov. Jerry Brown's twin tunnels project?," 12 July 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 \
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, mī-ˈ \
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-​ \ adjective

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