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[em-i-greyt] /ˈɛm ɪˌgreɪt/
verb (used without object), emigrated, emigrating.
to leave one country or region to settle in another; migrate:
to emigrate from Ireland to Australia.
Origin of emigrate
1770-80; < Latin ēmīgrātus moved away (past participle of ēmīgrāre), equivalent to ē- e-1 + mīgrātus (mīgr- remove + ātus -ate1)
Related forms
emigrative, adjective
reemigrate, verb (used without object), reemigrated, reemigrating.
unemigrating, adjective
Can be confused
emigrate, immigrate, migrate (see synonym study at migrate)
Synonym Study
See migrate. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for emigrate
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  • The stations were invaded by families like mine, who thought it more prudent to emigrate.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • Half a million emigrate to our shores, from Ireland, and all Europe, every year.

    Slavery Ordained of God Rev. Fred A. Ross, D.D.
  • He did not want Geoff to emigrate, but he sympathized in his love for the country.

    Great Uncle Hoot-Toot

    Mrs. Molesworth
  • Finally it was decided that he should emigrate to New Zealand.

    Samuel Butler: A Sketch Henry Festing Jones
  • In the villages it becomes a question of starve or emigrate.

    Rosinante to the Road Again

    John Dos Passos
British Dictionary definitions for emigrate


(intransitive) to leave one place or country, esp one's native country, in order to settle in another Compare immigrate
Derived Forms
emigratory, adjective
Word Origin
C18: from Latin ēmīgrāre, from mīgrāre to depart, migrate
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Word Origin and History for emigrate

1778, a back-formation from emigration, or else from Latin emigratus, past participle of emigrare (see emigration). Related: Emigrated; emigrating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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