im·​mi·​grate | \ ˈi-mə-ˌgrāt How to pronounce immigrate (audio) \
immigrated; immigrating

Definition of immigrate

intransitive verb

: to enter and usually become established especially : to come into a country of which one is not a native for permanent residence

transitive verb

: to bring in or send as immigrants

Examples of immigrate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But there are thousands more Ethiopian Jews waiting to immigrate. Shira Hanau And Andrew Lapin,, 10 Nov. 2021 The antisemitism enhanced Araro's family's dream to one day immigrate to Israel. Allison Norlian, Forbes, 14 Sep. 2021 According to Jozef, her parents gave up a comfortable life in Haiti to immigrate to the United States after a coup. Kate Morrissey, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Oct. 2021 Wilson and MacArthur proposed that the keys to understanding island biogeography are the rate at which new species immigrate to an island (or evolve there) and the rate at which established species wink out. Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, 25 Oct. 2021 Still, many Republicans have favored allowing individuals to be protected from deportation and to get in the back of the line to immigrate legally. Stuart Anderson, Forbes, 12 Oct. 2021 And the path to a better life — which is often the reason why people immigrate in the first place — becomes that much harder to walk. Shraddha Chakradhar, STAT, 16 Aug. 2021 That includes those who worked for the US military or the US Embassy since 2001 and were eligible to immigrate to the United States., 29 Aug. 2021 Those requirements are still far less restrictive than other ways to legally immigrate to the U.S., which generally require being closely related to a citizen or green-card holder or having a job offer from an American company. Dara Lind, ProPublica, 27 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of immigrate

circa 1623, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for immigrate

Latin immigratus, past participle of immigrare to remove, go in, from in- + migrare to migrate

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29 Nov 2021

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“Immigrate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of immigrate

: to come to a country to live there


im·​mi·​grate | \ ˈi-mə-ˌgrāt How to pronounce immigrate (audio) \
immigrated; immigrating

Kids Definition of immigrate

: to come into a foreign country to live


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