- 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.
- to introduce as settlers: to immigrate cheap labor.
Origin of immigrate
1. See migrate.
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Examples from the Web for immigrate
The irony in it, today, is that it encourages Jews from countries like France to immigrate into Israel, thus making it stronger.Europe’s Jews Punished for Israel’s War
July 25, 2014
It was easier for my family to leave the Soviet Union and immigrate to Canada!Immigration Laws Have It All Backward
May 8, 2014
Scores of Chinese in Guangdong province began to immigrate to California through the Port of San Francisco.‘The Search for General Tso’: The Origins of America’s Favorite Chinese Dish, General Tso’s Chicken
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Many others have endured huge obstacles and lengthy waits to immigrate legally.Can Jeb Bush Save the GOP and End Its Emerging Civil War?
March 5, 2013
They may change when we get married, immigrate to another country, or convert to another religion.The Nameless Palestinian Prisoners
October 19, 2011
Do you object that the poor will be the only ones to immigrate to Palestine?Dreamers of the Ghetto
I should not want "the flower" of other nations to immigrate to our shores.The Young Man and the World
Albert J. Beveridge
Is it for these things I give up wife, and patrie, and immigrate myself out of dear France?Mike Flannery On Duty and Off
Ellis Parker Butler
Spaniards did not immigrate to any considerable extent, and negro slavery flourished on the seacoast.The South American Republics, Part II (of 2)
Thomas C. Dawson
The real Portuguese immigrate in families and show very little money on landing.The Old World in the New
Edward Alsworth Ross
- (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
C17: from Latin immigrāre to go into, from im- + migrāre to move
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Word Origin and History for immigrate
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