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[im-i-greyt] /ˈɪm ɪˌgreɪt/
verb (used without object), immigrated, immigrating.
to come to a country of which one is not a native, usually for permanent residence.
to pass or come into a new habitat or place, as an organism.
verb (used with object), immigrated, immigrating.
to introduce as settlers:
to immigrate cheap labor.
Origin of immigrate
First recorded in 1615-25, immigrate is from the Latin word immigrātus (past participle of immigrāre to move into). See im-1, migrate
Related forms
immigrator, noun
unimmigrating, adjective
Can be confused
emigrate, immigrate, migrate (see synonym study at migrate)
Synonym Study
1. See migrate. Unabridged
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  • Sure I'm at the jumpin'-off place now, and to immigrate furder would be to put meself in the hands of the murtherin' redskins.

    Money Magic Hamlin Garland
  • Do you object that the poor will be the only ones to immigrate to Palestine?

  • Spaniards did not immigrate to any considerable extent, and negro slavery flourished on the seacoast.

  • Is it for these things I give up wife, and patrie, and immigrate myself out of dear France?

    Mike Flannery On Duty and Off Ellis Parker Butler
  • The real Portuguese immigrate in families and show very little money on landing.

    The Old World in the New Edward Alsworth Ross
British Dictionary definitions for immigrate


(intransitive) to come to a place or country of which one is not a native in order to settle there Compare emigrate
(intransitive) (of an animal or plant) to migrate to a new geographical area
(transitive) to introduce or bring in as an immigrant
Derived Forms
immigratory, adjective
immigrator, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin immigrāre to go into, from im- + migrāre to move
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for immigrate

1620s, from Latin immigratum, past participle of imigrare "to remove, go into, move in," from assimilated form of in- "into, in, on, upon" (see in- (2)) + migrare "to move" (see migration). Related: Immigrated; immigrating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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