[ em-i-grey-shuh n ]
/ ˌɛm ɪˈgreɪ ʃən /


an act or instance of emigrating.
a body of emigrants; emigrants collectively.
Physiology. diapedesis.

Nearby words

  1. emg syndrome,
  2. emic,
  3. emiction,
  4. emigrant,
  5. emigrate,
  6. emigratory,
  7. emigre,
  8. emil,
  9. emilia-romagna,
  10. emily

Origin of emigration

1640–50; < Late Latin ēmīgrātiōn- (stem of ēmīgrātiō) removal. See emigrate, -ion

Related formsem·i·gra·tion·al, adjectivenon·em·i·gra·tion, nounre·em·i·gra·tion, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for emigration


/ (ˌɛmɪˈɡreɪʃən) /


the act or an instance of emigrating
emigrants considered collectively
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Word Origin and History for emigration



1640s, from Late Latin emigrationem (nominative emigratio) "removal from a place," noun of action from past participle stem of Latin emigrare "move away, depart from a place," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + migrare "to move" (see migration).

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Medicine definitions for emigration


[ ĕm′ĭ-grāshən ]


The passage of white blood cells through the walls of small blood vessels.

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