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 formsem·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 confusedemigrate immigrate migrate (see synonym study at migrate)

Synonym study

See migrate.
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Examples from the Web for emigrate

Contemporary Examples of emigrate

Historical Examples of emigrate

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for emigrate



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

Word Origin for emigrate

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.

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