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

Keep scrolling for more

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

For instance the Serengeti in Tanzania is known worldwide for its safari animals and awe-inspiring wildebeest migration – and our work shows that around half of its grasslands burn each year. Colin Beale, Quartz Africa, "Scientists say comparing the Amazon rainforest fires to burning grasslands in Africa is misleading," 31 Aug. 2019 One morning in 2017, during the height of spring migration, volunteers with Lights Out Cleveland picked up 255 birds, most of them long-distance travelers en route to Canada or Alaska from Central or South America. Zachary Lewis, cleveland.com, "Lights Out Cleveland group stands up for birds by turning down the lights," 30 Aug. 2019 In many ways, the migration of the Mlynov descendants to Baltimore is a microcosm of the waves of immigrants, many of them Jewish, that came to the United States from Europe in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Jonathan Pitts, baltimoresun.com, "Immigrants from a Russian village flocked to Baltimore, changing its history. Their descendants are celebrating.," 21 Aug. 2019 Officials say the peak time to view the migration is mid-September near Comanche National Grassland south of La Junta off U.S. Highway 109. USA TODAY, "Smokey Bear, tarantula trek, censoring Adam and Eve: News from around our 50 states," 9 Aug. 2019 The massive migration is taxing border patrol agents. Norah O'donnell, CBS News, "McAleenan concerned border crisis just a "political issue" for some," 18 July 2019 There are several database standards, but migration between them isn’t simple. Teresa Dietrich, Quartz at Work, "How to stay focused on the business decisions that matter most," 26 June 2019 Some Hispanics in Congress and their liberal allies have argued that the mass migration is a result of President Donald Trump’s misguided policies. Bill Lambrecht, ExpressNews.com, "House Democrats release $4.5B plan to address migrant surge at border," 21 June 2019 Hyena migration While hyenas evolved in Eurasia, Chasmaporthetes is part of a lineage that made it into North America about five million years ago and spread all the way down to Mexico. John Pickrell, National Geographic, "Hyenas once stalked the Arctic, fossils reveal," 18 June 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'migration.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about migration

Statistics for migration

Last Updated

14 Sep 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for migration

The first known use of migration was circa 1527

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on migration

What made you want to look up migration? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to make a temporary encampment

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Musical Words Quiz

  • gramophone
  • Which word describes a musical performance marked by the absence of instrumental accompaniment?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!