[ em-i-greyt ]
/ ˈɛm ɪˌgreɪt /

verb (used without object), em·i·grat·ed, em·i·grat·ing.

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

em·i·gra·tive, adjectivere·em·i·grate, verb (used without object), re·em·i·grat·ed, re·em·i·grat·ing.un·em·i·grat·ing, adjective

Can be confused

emigrate immigrate migrate (see synonym study at migrate)

Synonym study

See migrate.
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British Dictionary definitions for emigrate


/ (ˈɛmɪˌɡreɪt) /


(intr) to leave one place or country, esp one's native country, in order to settle in anotherCompare immigrate

Derived Forms

emigratory, adjective

Word Origin for emigrate

C18: from Latin ēmīgrāre, from mīgrāre to depart, migrate
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