Definition of migrate
1 : to move from one country, place, or locality to another Thousands of workers migrate to this area in the summer.
2 : to pass usually periodically from one region or climate to another for feeding or breeding The whales migrate between their feeding ground in the north and their breeding ground in the Caribbean.
3 : to change position or location in an organism or substance filarial worms migrate within the human body
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.
Recent Examples of migrate from the Web
Many mineworkers migrate from rural areas and have as many as 10 dependents.
Located on what's known as Khem Beach on a Vietnamese island, the pool backs up onto pristine white sands and aqua beaches, allowing visitors to easily migrate from the pool to the beach.
The software company ceased selling the OS in 2008 and has slowly dropped support for XP, including malicious software definitions, urging users to migrate to Windows 7, 8, and 10.
Where America went, Sears followed: As consumers migrated into urban and later suburban areas, Sears swooped in and built an empire of department stores.
But the jubilee was expected to continue into the early morning hours, as marchers migrated to Boystown neighborhood bars to celebrate.
Elected officials and observers say restaurants in Cleveland Park have suffered as commercial energy has migrated to the gentrifying neighborhoods along the 14th Street corridor, Shaw, Petworth and U Street NW.
Shepherd said the area is comprised of woods and wetlands and is now home to migrating bald eagles.
By 6500 years ago, these type A cats began appearing in southeastern Europe, the team found, possibly following migrating farmers.
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Origin and Etymology of migrate
Latin migratus, past participle of migrare; perhaps akin to Greek ameibein to change
First Known Use: circa 1623See Words from the same year
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 bodybof an atom or group : to shift position within a molecule
migratory\ˈmī-grə-ˌtōr-ē, -ˌtȯr-\play adjective
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