migrate

To migrate means to move from one place to another, sometimes part of a back-and-forth pattern, and sometimes to stay.

When we think of the word migrate we think of movement from place to place. Sometimes that movement is seasonal, as when birds migrate north in summer and south in winter. But sometimes a person or group will migrate from one place to another with the intention of settling there. In both cases, there is a definite shift in locales, one temporary, the other permanent.

Definitions of migrate
  1. verb
    move from one country or region to another and settle there
    “Many Germans migrated to South America in the mid-19th century”
    synonyms: transmigrate
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    immigrate
    come into a new country and change residency
    immigrate
    migrate to a new environment
    emigrate
    leave one's country of residence for a new one
    expatriate
    move away from one's native country and adopt a new residence abroad
    type of:
    move
    change residence, affiliation, or place of employment
  2. verb
    move periodically or seasonally
    “birds migrate in the Winter”
    “The workers migrate to where the crops need harvesting”
    Synonyms:
    transmigrate
    move from one country or region to another and settle there
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    type of:
    move
    change residence, affiliation, or place of employment
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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