- 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.
- (of ions) to move toward an electrode during electrolysis.
- (of atoms within a molecule) to change position.
- (at British universities) to change or transfer from one college to another.
Origin of migrate
Examples from the Web for migrate
While politics tend to migrate toward the poles, humanity—and fiction, at its best—huddles in between.The 2014 Novel of the Year
December 29, 2014
Is it worth it to migrate to Las Vegas, which is said to be welcoming with open arms?Porn Star James Deen Speaks Out Against California’s Measure B
November 8, 2012
More regular, and committed market players, tend to migrate to the Erotic Review.The Oldest Profession Evolves—How the Web Transformed Prostitution
September 10, 2012
Voters who back Gingrich because they think he is a strong conservative might migrate to Santorum.Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum’s “Anti-Romney Vote” Hardly Registers
March 13, 2012
January and February are also prime months for spotting California gray whales off the coast as they migrate towards Baja.Last-Minute Winter Escapes: Vieques, Scottsdale, Reykjavik, and More
December 20, 2011
He appears to migrate westward daily, and tempt us to follow him.
Is it any wonder that people, when they have an opportunity, migrate to the city?Rural Life and the Rural School
Perhaps they migrate to some distant region, where they spawn.Tales of Fishes
The determination of the two families to migrate made some stir in the town.The Boy Settlers
It was September, and the instinct to flock and to migrate was at work among them.Wood Folk at School
William J. Long
- 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
Word Origin and History for migrate
1690s, from Latin migratus, past participle of migrare "to move from one place to another" (see migration). Related: Migrated; migrating.