- 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.
- to introduce as settlers: to immigrate cheap labor.
Origin of immigrate
1. See migrate.
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- (intr) to come to a place or country of which one is not a native in order to settle thereCompare emigrate
- (intr) (of an animal or plant) to migrate to a new geographical area
- (tr) to introduce or bring in as an immigrant
C17: from Latin immigrāre to go into, from im- + migrāre to move
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Word Origin and History for immigrator
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