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verb (used without object),im·mi·grat·ed, im·mi·grat·ing.
  1. to come to a country of which one is not a native, usually for permanent residence.

  2. to pass or come into a new habitat or place, as an organism.

verb (used with object),im·mi·grat·ed, im·mi·grat·ing.
  1. to introduce as settlers: to immigrate cheap labor.

Origin of immigrate

First recorded in 1615–25; from Latin immigrātus (past participle of immigrāre “to move into”); see im-1, migrate

synonym study For immigrate

1. See migrate.

Other words from immigrate

  • im·mi·gra·tor, noun
  • un·im·mi·grat·ing, adjective

Words that may be confused with immigrate

Words Nearby immigrate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use immigrate in a sentence

  • If island formed continent, some species would emerge and immigrate.

  • The wretched survivors, who are there set at liberty, are immediately seduced to "immigrate" to the West Indies.

  • 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
  • The real Portuguese immigrate in families and show very little money on landing.

    The Old World in the New | Edward Alsworth Ross
  • The desire to immigrate, stimulated by the transportation companies, spread like a fever.

    Our Foreigners | Samuel P. Orth

British Dictionary definitions for immigrate


/ (ˈɪmɪˌɡreɪt) /

  1. (intr) to come to a place or country of which one is not a native in order to settle there: Compare emigrate

  2. (intr) (of an animal or plant) to migrate to a new geographical area

  1. (tr) to introduce or bring in as an immigrant

Origin of immigrate

C17: from Latin immigrāre to go into, from im- + migrāre to move

Derived forms of immigrate

  • immigratory, adjective
  • immigrator, noun

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