[ im-i-greyt ]
/ ˈɪm ɪˌgreɪt /

verb (used without object), im·mi·grat·ed, im·mi·grat·ing.

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.

verb (used with object), im·mi·grat·ed, im·mi·grat·ing.

to introduce as settlers: to immigrate cheap labor.

Origin of immigrate

First recorded in 1615–25, immigrate is from the Latin word immigrātus (past participle of immigrāre to move into). See im-1, migrate

Related forms

im·mi·gra·tor, nounun·im·mi·grat·ing, adjective

Can be confused

emigrate immigrate migrate (see synonym study at migrate)

Synonym study

1. See migrate. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for immigrate

British Dictionary definitions for immigrate


/ (ˈɪmɪˌɡreɪt) /


(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

Derived Forms

immigratory, adjectiveimmigrator, noun

Word Origin for immigrate

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