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 migration (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Examples of migration in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Biden's bill will have three overarching pillars, the transition officials said: provisions to address the causes of migration, border management and a path to citizenship. BostonGlobe.com, "Biden to propose major immigration legislation this week," 18 Jan. 2021 China's history, full of migration, political turmoil and warfare, meant people's names were often in flux -- which is partly why many have since vanished. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "Why 1.2 billion people share the same 100 surnames in China," 16 Jan. 2021 Madison also saw plenty of migration from nearby counties, including lots of people moving in from elsewhere in Alabama and Tennessee and each year. Ramsey Archibald | Rarchibald@al.com, al, "Migration from Asia, Europe boosting growth in Huntsville area," 2 Jan. 2021 States such as New Jersey, Michigan, Pennsylvania and California have counted on foreign immigration offsetting net out-migration. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "States of Growth and Decline," 31 Dec. 2020 Sullivan and Rice urged would-be migrants in Central America to avoid the perilous trek north, and maintained that Mr. Biden will dispatch aid to the region to alleviate some of the root causes of migration, which include violence and poverty. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, "Biden committed to limiting deportations and overturning Trump border policies, advisers say," 22 Dec. 2020 There’s urgency to complete these vaccinations before Lunar New Year — often called the world’s largest annual human migration — which takes place Feb. 11-17. Washington Post, "Outpacing Trump’s ‘Warp Speed,’ China to give coronavirus vaccine to 50 million in a month," 19 Dec. 2020 Jacob Kushner is a foreign correspondent who writes about race, migration, health, wildlife, and human rights in Africa, Germany, and the Caribbean. Jacob Kushner, History & Culture, "In Germany, a new museum stirs up a colonial controversy," 16 Dec. 2020 The number of Eastern monarchs — which undertake an astonishing, multigenerational migration from as far north as Canada to overwinter in central Mexico — has declined by 75 percent since the 1990s, scientists estimate. New York Times, "Monarch Butterflies Qualify for Endangered List. They Still Won’t Be Protected.," 15 Dec. 2020

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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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27 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Migration.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/migration. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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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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