mi·​gra·​tion | \mī-ˈgrā-shən \

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 \ -​shnəl , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

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And most recently, of course, Trump intervened personally in German politics with this tweet: The people of Germany are turning against their leadership as migration is rocking the already tenuous Berlin coalition. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Could Accidentally Help Save Angela Merkel," 22 June 2018 But widespread Sephardic ancestry in Latin America implies that migration was much more common than records suggest. Lizzie Wade, Science | AAAS, "Latin America’s lost histories revealed in modern DNA," 12 Apr. 2018 From wildebeests thundering across the Serengeti plains to monarch butterflies fluttering through North American skies, animal migrations are everywhere, marking the seasons, redistributing vital nutrients, reawakening the senses. chicagotribune.com, "Americans take more opioids than any other country — but not because they're in more pain," 26 Mar. 2018 Nearly all of the rest would continue south mostly off-road to Agadez, the Nigerien city that has been a crossroads for African trade and migration for generations. Lori Hinnant, The Seattle Times, "Algeria abandons thousands of migrants in Sahara," 25 June 2018 Opening the borders would not only reveal the threadbare nature of the Kim regime’s legitimizing mythology but could also trigger mass migration and economic colonization. Bloomberg.com, "Why Doesn’t North Korea Want to Be More Like Its Neighbors?," 23 May 2018 The artist recruited artisans from Michoacán, Mexico – where the annual Monarch migration dramatically terminates – to form a kind of cross-border maquiladora (manufacturing facility). George Fishman, miamiherald, "Monarchs ‘Brown and Native’ butterfly exhibit a response to contemporary events," 13 July 2018 Merkel has repeatedly stated her preference for European solutions to migration issues. Jefferson Chase, USA TODAY, "German government crisis: Chancellor Angela Merkel gets migrant compromise," 3 July 2018 Their parties have split on the migration issue for a few reasons. New York Times, "Germany’s Europe-Shaking Political Crisis Over Migrants, Explained," 3 July 2018

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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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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 \

Medical Definition of migration 

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

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