Definition of migrate in English:

migrate

Syllabification: mi·grate
Pronunciation: /ˈmīˌɡrāt
 
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verb

[no object]
1(Of an animal, typically a bird or fish) move from one region or habitat to another, especially regularly according to the seasons: as autumn arrives, the birds migrate south
More example sentences
  • In eastern North America, over two-thirds of breeding bird species migrate.
  • Magnetic cues, which help many bird species migrate, appear to be particularly important to Bobolinks.
  • In the fall, Bermuda is a rest stop for birds migrating from Canada to South America.
Synonyms
roam, wander, drift, rove, travel (around)
1.1(Of a person) move from one area or country to settle in another, especially in search of work: rural populations have migrated to urban areas
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  • Most of the farmers migrated to the area in the 1970s, following the paths opened by oil companies.
  • Their women, who did not bind their feet, worked beside them in the fields and often tended the farms while their husbands migrated to the mines or to man ships, burn charcoal, or emigrate.
  • Many villages in the regency are devoid of young people as they have all migrated to Medan, Jakarta, Surabaya and other urban areas due to a lack of jobs at home.
1.2Move from one specific part of something to another: cells that can form pigment migrate beneath the skin
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  • This prevents the chromophore from migrating within the polymer while simultaneously improving the efficiency of energy transfer to the chromophore.
  • However, the efficiency of this process is low because the positive charge from the guanine radical cation also migrates to the solvent.
  • When an electric current is passed through this molten mixture, the aluminum ions migrate to the cathode, where they are reduced to metal.
1.3 Computing Change or cause to change from using one system to another.
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  • After all, StarOffice is free, and is more about getting computer users to migrate from Windows than anything else.
  • Stalker realizes many users will be migrating from another system, such as an IMAP or POP server.
  • When TMC went out of business, users had to migrate to different systems that had less sophisticated software as well as different hardware architecture.
1.4 [with object] Computing Transfer (programs or hardware) from one system to another.
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  • The market seems to approve: handset manufacturers including Nokia, Sendo and Sony Ericsson have said they will migrate their signing programs to Symbian Signed.
  • Smaller software vendors in particular said they were unable to migrate applications to Linux, simply because they lack open source knowledge.
  • And lo and behold, Oracle has a major U2 software house migrating all of its applications to Oracle.

Origin

early 17th century (in the general sense 'move from one place to another'): from Latin migrat- 'moved, shifted', from the verb migrare.

Derivatives

migrator

Pronunciation: /-ˌɡrātər/
noun
More example sentences
  • Below normal precipitation in 2002 and the resulting shift in available water and herbage has created some concern among conservationists for migrators, such as the Sandhill cranes shown here.
  • Interviews suggest that the fullest migrators tend to be long-time Windows developers with a need to keep up with all of the latest bells-and-whistles.
  • They are vertical daily migrators, following plankton populations.

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