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immigrate Syllabification: im·mi·grate
Pronunciation: /ˈiməˌɡrāt/

Definition of immigrate in English:


[no object] chiefly North American
Come to live permanently in a foreign country: the Mennonites immigrated to western Canada in the 1870s
More example sentences
  • Following this money, more than 1 million Taiwanese have immigrated to China to live and work.
  • Moreover, if he were finally deported, he would be permanently barred from immigrating to Australia.
  • Instead, many Western Samoans seek to immigrate to American Samoa.
migrate, move overseas, move abroad;
relocate, resettle;


Early 17th century: from Latin immigrat- 'immigrated', from the verb immigrare, from in- 'into' + migrare 'migrate'.

  • migrate from early 17th century:

    The word migrate was initially a general word for ‘move from one place to another’. It comes from Latin migrare ‘to move, shift’. People could immigrate from the early 17th century, but emigrants only appeared in the mid 18th century.

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