migrated; migrating; migrates
intransitive : to move from one country, place, or locality to another
Thousands of workers migrate to this area in the summer.
In another Bavarian village, … 48 out of its total Jewish population of 225 migrated to America between 1834 and 1853, mostly to Cleveland.Jonathan D. Sarna
… the Carolinas benefited when manufacturing migrated first from … England to the mill towns of New England and then to here, where labor was even cheaper …Stephanie Clifford
intransitive : 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.
migrating birds making the long flight over Lake Erie from the United States to Canada drop to the nearest available ground after the crossing.Kathryn K. Rushing
transitive : to relocate (information) from storage or operation on one computer or computer system to another
In this release we've made further improvements and changes, such as support to migrate files from the legacy model to the new … storage model, and better management of cached files.Dave Burke
Work-from-home mandates will most likely be experienced again, so companies are adding work-from-home technology to their business continuity planning. This includes accelerating considerations and plans to migrate applications and file servers to the cloud …Steve Shoemake and Franzuha Byrd
intransitive : to change position or location in an organism or substance
filarial worms migrate within the human body
migratable adjective
ˈmī-ˌgrā-tər How to pronounce migrate (audio)
plural migrators
While … some birds that migrate at night take directional cues from polarized light at twilight, there has been little evidence that daytime migrators make direct use of the sun. Henry Fountain

Example Sentences

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Among the more notorious impacts of artificial light at night (ALAN), light pollution lures migrating birds to cities with devastating consequences, contributes to the alarming decline in insect populations, and convinces sea turtle hatchlings to amble away from the water instead of towards it. Melissa Breyer, Treehugger, 15 May 2023 The park along Matagorda Bay features marshlands, coastal and prairie views and is an important resting spot for migrating birds. Sarah Bahari, Dallas News, 12 May 2023 Global warming is expected to alter many landscapes and waters, attracting species that migrate from places no longer suitable for them. John Flesher, ajc, 11 May 2023 Even so, with linear audiences in ongoing decline, advertisers are eager to get their messages in front of consumers, particularly those who have migrated to popular streaming vehicles. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 10 May 2023 The marsh also provides food and habitat for 19 species at risk as well as a resting place for migrating birds that can forage for food after their long flight. Miriam Porter, Forbes, 7 May 2023 Black tech workers on Twitter were one of the first communities to migrate to Bluesky, an initiative spearheaded by an active user named Aveta. Daysia Tolentino, NBC News, 4 May 2023 Our recent reanalysis of a fossil jawbone from a Spanish site called Banyoles is raising new questions about when our species may have migrated to Europe. Brian Anthony Keeling, The Conversation, 2 May 2023 The strip of foliage along the Lake Michigan shore provides critical stopover habitat for all sorts of migrating birds, typical and otherwise. Paul A. Smith, Journal Sentinel, 1 May 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

circa 1623, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of migrate was circa 1623

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Cite this Entry

“Migrate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/migrate. Accessed 27 May. 2023.

Kids Definition


mi·​grate ˈmī-ˌgrāt How to pronounce migrate (audio)
migrated; migrating
: to move from one country, place, or locality to another
: to pass from one region or climate to another usually on a regular schedule for feeding or breeding
: to change position or location in a living thing or substance
parasitic worms migrating from the lungs to the liver

Medical Definition


intransitive verb
mi·​grate ˈmī-ˌgrāt How to pronounce migrate (audio) mī-ˈ How to pronounce migrate (audio)
migrated; migrating
: to move from one place to another: as
: 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
of an atom or group : to shift position within a molecule
migratory adjective
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