mi·​gra·​tion | \ mī-ˈgrā-shən How to pronounce migration (audio) \

Definition of migration

: the act, process, or an instance of migrating watched the migration of the birds overhead

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Other Words from migration

migrational \ mī-​ˈgrā-​shnəl How to pronounce migrational (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Examples of migration in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The division of the subcontinent, known as Partition, inspired the largest migration in history, with tens of millions of Hindus and Muslims crossing the new borders. Dexter Filkins, The New Yorker, "Blood and Soil in Narendra Modi’s India," 2 Dec. 2019 With the migration of college-style schemes to the NFL, a youth movement is underway at what Ravens coach John Harbaugh has called probably the toughest position in sports. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, "Why are the Ravens’ Lamar Jackson and Texans’ Deshaun Watson MVP candidates? They still play like like they’re in college.," 15 Nov. 2019 Every spring the nomads of Kyrgyzstan make the migration from the confinement and drudgery of winter villages to these valleys where grass is plentiful and life is good. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "Yurts, Eagle Hunters and Rugged Solitude in Kyrgyzstan," 12 Oct. 2019 Hunt also had a bit of a Forrest Gump fingerprint across all American sports, boasting an initial investment in the Chicago Bulls and a strong hand in the initial migration of professional soccer to America. The Si Staff, SI.com, "100 Figures Who Shaped the NFL’s First Century," 28 Aug. 2019 To name a few of those horrible things: slavery, the Civil War, forced migration of American Indians, and violence between settlers and indigenous populations. Elena Nicolaou, refinery29.com, "Little House, Big Fans: These People Really, Really Love Laura Ingalls Wilder," 24 Aug. 2019 Governments could implement adaptation measures for the changing climate such as building sea walls on vulnerable coastlines, planning for changes in food production patterns and the massive migration that may follow. Yossi Sheffi, The Conversation, "Removing mini-shampoos from hotel rooms won’t save the environment," 23 Aug. 2019 For now, the migration sounds like a painful process with little upside, and since the Google Assistant ecosystem cannot provide a smooth transition for all the Nest features that exist, Nest users are probably better off waiting. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "The death of “Works with Nest” begins now with Google account migrations," 20 Aug. 2019 Yet while the migration to YouTube helped Vine stars finally monetize, these creators were suddenly facing a loss of accessibility. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "TikTok took over VidCon, and YouTube is next," 15 July 2019

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First Known Use of migration

circa 1527, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for migration

French or Latin; French, from Latin migration-, migratio, from migratus (past participle of migrare to migrate) + -ion-, -io -ion — more at migrate

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The first known use of migration was circa 1527

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7 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Migration.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/migration. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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More Definitions for migration


mi·​gra·​tion | \ mī-ˈgrā-shən \

Kids Definition of migration

: the act or an instance of moving from one place to another often on a regular basis the spring migration of birds


mi·​gra·​tion | \ mī-ˈgrā-shən How to pronounce migration (audio) \

Medical Definition of migration

: the act, process, or an instance of migrating migration of larval nematodes to the lungs

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