migration

noun
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 \ -​shnəl How to pronounce migrational (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

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Some 59,000 people have fled attacks since November, the U.N. migration agency says. Haruna Umar, The Seattle Times, "Islamic militants’ deadly resurgence threatens Nigeria polls," 12 Feb. 2019 In spring and fall, birdwatchers flock to the lagoon and its salt marshes (a natural reserve) on boat safaris to see over 400 species, from white egrets to pink flamingoes that make the migration on the east-Atlantic route. Lane Nieset, Vogue, "After Marrakech, Go to Oualidia, the Montauk of Morocco," 30 Jan. 2019 Male migration has subsequently become a source of vulnerability for women, with many men leaving and never coming back. Mélissa Godin, Teen Vogue, "Climate Change Is Creating a New Atmosphere of Gender Inequality for Women in Malawi," 20 Dec. 2018 In the case of AncestryDNA, many of these regions include migrations out of Europe. Dieter Holger, PCWorld, "DNA testing for ancestry is more detailed for white people. Here’s why, and how it's changing," 4 Dec. 2018 Florida’s Puerto Rican population is now well over 1.1 million residents, slightly larger than the Puerto Rican population in New York, which was the top destination during the last major migration to the mainland in the 1940s and 1950s. Mike Schneider, The Seattle Times, "Study: Puerto Ricans in Florida after storm below 50,000," 22 Oct. 2018 White Flight argues that the migration of white city dwellers to the suburbs caused a major transformation in conservative values; One Nation Under God challenges the idea that America has always been a Christian nation. Emily Heller, Vox, "The author of One Person, No Vote talks gerrymandering and voter suppression on The Ezra Klein Show.," 24 Sep. 2018 The migration from lawmaking to lobbying has occurred under both Democratic and Republican presidents. Alan Rappeport, New York Times, "Government Work Done, Tax Policy Writers Decamp to Lobbying Jobs," 8 July 2018 However, after 2012, net in-migration declined for those facing an effective tax increase of 0.5 percent or higher. Kathleen Pender, SFChronicle.com, "Dozens of millionaires fled California after 2012 tax increase, study says," 6 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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migration

noun
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

migration

noun
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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