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

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 The administration is seeking a meaningful regional deal on undocumented migration ahead of the midterm election, among other issues, according to a person familiar with the planning. New York Times, 12 May 2022 The resumption of visa processing in Havana came less than two weeks after the U.S. and Cuba held their highest-level diplomatic talks in four years, focused on migration. Andrea Rodríguez, USA TODAY, 5 May 2022 Experts on global migration and Russian population are calling the current exodus Russia’s single fastest since the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution, when millions of intellectuals and economic elites fled the rise of the Soviet Union. Washington Post, 1 May 2022 Republicans have strongly criticized the administration's strategy on migration, faulting it for the record number of border arrivals in the past year. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, 22 Apr. 2022 Right about now, many members of the Sámi, one of Europe’s oldest Indigenous groups, are embarking on a spring migration, moving the reindeer herds upon which their livelihood and culture depend to grazing areas mostly north of the Arctic Circle. New York Times, 17 Apr. 2022 Zemmour’s campaign – with its fiery rhetoric and extreme views on migration – has in many ways helped, and not hindered Le Pen. Garret Martin, The Conversation, 8 Apr. 2022 Rather than trusting the accuracy of the California Policy Lab’s data, The Chronicle’s data team should have checked against other publicly available data sources on migration. Dan Kopf, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 Mar. 2022 The spread of the disease has largely been blamed on the migration of wild birds flying over domestic flocks and transmitting the virus through their droppings. NBC News, 23 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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“Migration.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/migration. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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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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