migrate

[ mahy-greyt ]
/ ˈmaɪ greɪt /

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

to go from one country, region, or place to another.
to pass periodically from one region or climate to another, as certain birds, fishes, and animals: The birds migrate southward in the winter.
to shift, as from one system, mode of operation, or enterprise to another.
Physiology. (of a cell, tissue, etc.) to move from one region of the body to another, as in embryonic development.
Chemistry.
  1. (of ions) to move toward an electrode during electrolysis.
  2. (of atoms within a molecule) to change position.
(at British universities) to change or transfer from one college to another.

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Origin of migrate

First recorded in 1690–1700; from Latin migrātus (past participle of migrāre “to move from place to place, change position or abode”), equivalent to migrā- verb stem + -tus past participle suffix

synonym study for migrate

1. Migrate, emigrate, immigrate are used of changing one's abode from one country or part of a country to another. To migrate is to make such a move either once or repeatedly: to migrate from Ireland to the United States. To emigrate is to leave a country, usually one's own (and take up residence in another): Each year many people emigrate from Europe. To immigrate is to enter and settle in a country not one's own: There are many inducements to immigrate to South America. Migrate is applied both to people or to animals that move from one region to another, especially periodically; the other terms are generally applied to movements of people.

OTHER WORDS FROM migrate

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH migrate

emigrate, immigrate, migrate (see synonym study at the current entry)
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British Dictionary definitions for migrate

migrate
/ (maɪˈɡreɪt) /

verb (intr)

to go from one region, country, or place of abode to settle in another, esp in a foreign country
(of birds, fishes, etc) to journey between different areas at specific times of the year

Derived forms of migrate

migrator, noun

Word Origin for migrate

C17: from Latin migrāre to change one's abode
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