If you move to a different country, you emigrate. For example, if you are Canadian and you emigrate 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

v leave one's country of residence for a new one

“Many people had to emigrate during the Nazi period”
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

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