migration

Migration is the movement of either people or animals from one area to another. Look up in the trees, where you might see a Monarch butterfly make a stop on its migration to Mexico.

Migration can be used for the journey from one place to another or for the act of movement. Thousands of mid-western farmers made the migration to California during the dust bowl. Demographers have noted the migration of young people to the big cities presumably for work. With animals, it’s almost always in reference to a seasonal change in location. On boat tours, you can see the whales during their annual migration down the West coast.

Definitions of migration
  1. noun
    the movement of persons from one country or locality to another
    see moresee less
    types:
    show 4 types...
    hide 4 types...
    emigration, expatriation, out-migration
    migration from a place (especially migration from your native country in order to settle in another)
    immigration, in-migration
    migration into a place (especially migration to a country of which you are not a native in order to settle there)
    gold rush
    a large migration of people to a newly discovered gold field
    aliyah
    (Judaism) immigration of Jews to Israel
    type of:
    motion, move, movement
    the act of changing location from one place to another
  2. noun
    the periodic passage of groups of animals (especially birds or fishes) from one region to another for feeding or breeding
    see moresee less
    type of:
    periodic event, recurrent event
    an event that recurs at intervals
  3. noun
    a group of people migrating together (especially in some given time period)
    see moresee less
    type of:
    people
    (plural) any group of human beings (men or women or children) collectively
  4. noun
    (chemistry) the nonrandom movement of an atom or radical from one place to another within a molecule
    see moresee less
    type of:
    event
    something that happens at a given place and time
Word Family
EDITOR’S CHOICE

Test prep from the experts

Boost your test score with programs developed by Vocabulary.com’s experts.

  • Proven methods: Learn faster, remember longer with our scientific approach.
  • Personalized plan: We customize your experience to maximize your learning.
  • Strategic studying: Focus on the words that are most crucial for success.

SAT/PSAT

$29.95
  • Number of words: 500+
  • Duration: 8 weeks or less
  • Time: 1 hour / week

TOEFL

$29.95
  • Number of words: 500+
  • Duration: 10 weeks or less
  • Time: 1 hour / week

ACT

$29.95
  • Number of words: 700+
  • Duration: 10 weeks
  • Time: 1 hour / week