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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Those of us who have legally migrated to the U.S. have done well. WSJ, "To What Extent, if Any, Should Race Count?," 18 Dec. 2018 Naipaul was born in Chaguanas, Trinidad and Tobago, in 1932 into a family who had migrated from India. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Novelist V.S. Naipaul Passes Away at 85," 12 Aug. 2018 Together with her cousin, Luella Marshall, Joyce was instrumental in helping track the genealogy of more than 5,000 members of the Starratt family who migrated from Scotland to Nova Scotia in the 1700's. courant.com, "Joyce A. Grinold," 13 July 2018 Among young professionals who do migrate, there is a strong desire for community, says Anne Snyder, a writer and scholar who studies civil society in small and mid-sized cities. Christa Case Bryant, The Christian Science Monitor, "How young liberals' moves to Red America may temper political divides," 6 July 2018 The 13 were a small fraction of the thousands of Chinese immigrants who migrated to the American West to work in gold mines starting in 1848. NBC News, "Remains exhumed from forgotten Chinese cemetery reburied after two decades," 4 July 2018 Research has found that more than 30 percent of asylum-seeking children who migrate to the U.S. experience symptoms of PTSD—and that doesn’t include children who are separated from their parents. Korin Miller, SELF, "Why Trump’s Family Separation Policy Could Be Detrimental to Parents’ and Children’s Mental Health," 20 June 2018 Tony Meola and Alexi Lalas stayed home, but more important were players such as Colombia’s Carlos Valderrama who migrated here. Sam Mcdowell, kansascity, "How a World Cup would benefit Sporting KC. Let us count the ways," 15 June 2018 That said, the GitHub team reports that the set of users who have migrated or closed their accounts is extremely small, and this is more than made up for by the surge of new signups and new interest in GitHub this week. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Microsoft’s GitHub acquisition celebrated by Linux Foundation," 8 June 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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