If you move to a different country, you emigrate. For example, if you emigrate from Canada and go to Italy, you aren't on vacation — you are making Italy your new home. Benvenuti!

The verb emigrate comes from the Latin word emigrare, which means “move away,” or “depart from a place.” The words emigrate and immigrate both mean that a person has decided to permanently live in a foreign country, but to emigrate is to leave your country, and to immigrate is to come into a new country. To emigrate is to exit.

Definitions of emigrate
  1. verb
    leave one's country of residence for a new one
    “Many people had to emigrate during the Nazi period”
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    come into a new country and change residency
    move away from one's native country and adopt a new residence abroad
    type of:
    migrate, transmigrate
    move from one country or region to another and settle there
Commonly confused words

emigrate / immigrate / migrate

Going somewhere? Emigrate means to leave one's country to live in another. Immigrate is to come into another country to live permanently. Migrate is to move, like birds in the winter.

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