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

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What the film is about: A documentary that captures the transcontinental journey of the eastern monarch butterflies on their epic migration from the forested shores of Southern Canada to the rare and ancient oyamel fir trees of Central Mexico. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Ready for takeoff? Here's your first look at the 2019 Flyover Film Festival in Louisville," 16 June 2019 Key European Union jobs, migration issues and climate change were expected to top the agenda Friday in Valletta, where the meeting included the leaders of France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Cyprus and Malta. Washington Post, "Southern EU leaders seek united policy front at meeting," 14 June 2019 But their migration was hardly over, Armstrong explained. James R. Hansen, Discover Magazine, "For Neil, Apollo Was the First Step in Humanity's Cosmic Migration," 20 May 2019 Our cinematic migration and everything that had led to it felt complete that evening. Harmonyholiday, Longreads, "Mama Looks for Melanin," 6 June 2019 The latest example is Trump’s threat to impose tariffs on Mexico in a bid to stop migration. Daniel Flatley, Fortune, "What Trump Gains by Seeing ‘Emergencies’ All Around Him," 5 June 2019 Spain is seeking additional 50 million euros from the EU for Rabat's efforts on curbing migration. Fox News, "Morocco boasts success in reducing migrant flows to Europe," 4 June 2019 Toyota is already seeing that migration to its hybrid SUVs as buyers turn away from the Prius. Bloomberg, Twin Cities, "Prius sales are falling, but hybrids are more popular than ever," 3 June 2019 To all New York party people who began their Eastern migration this weekend, news that SurfLodge, the beloved Montauk haunt, would be closed, caused quite a stir. Ian Malone, Vogue, "Solid & Striped and Re/Done Hosted a Tie Dye Party in Montauk—Summer has Arrived," 28 May 2019

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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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More Definitions for migration

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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