Definition of migrate
1 : to move from one country, place, or locality to another
2 : to pass usually periodically from one region or climate to another for feeding or breeding
3 : to change position in an organism or substance <filarial worms migrate within the human body>
migrationplay \mī-ˈgrā-shən\ noun
migrationalplay \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective
migratorplay \ˈmī-ˌgrā-tər, mī-ˈ\ noun
Examples of migrate in a sentence
He migrates from New York to Florida each winter.
Thousands of workers migrate to this area each summer.
The whales migrate between their feeding ground in the north and their breeding ground in the Caribbean.
They followed the migrating herds of buffalo across the plains.
Origin and Etymology of migrate
Latin migratus, past participle of migrare; perhaps akin to Greek ameibein to change
First Known Use: 1697
MIGRATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of migrate for English Language Learners
: to move from one country or place to live or work in another
of a bird or animal : to move from one area to another at different times of the year
MIGRATE Defined for Kids
Definition of migrate for Students
1 : to move from one country or region to another <Families migrated west in search of work.>
2 : to pass from one region to another on a regular basis <Many birds migrate south for the winter.>
Medical Definition of migrate
: to move from one place to another: asa: to move from one site to another in a host organism especially as part of a life cycle <filarial worms migrate within the human body>bof an atom or group : to shift position within a molecule
migratory\ˈmī-grə-ˌtōr-ē, -ˌtȯr-\play adjective
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