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[em-i-greyt] /ˈɛm ɪˌgreɪt/
verb (used without object), emigrated, emigrating.
to leave one country or region to settle in another; migrate:
to emigrate from Ireland to Australia.
Origin of emigrate
1770-80; < Latin ēmīgrātus moved away (past participle of ēmīgrāre), equivalent to ē- e- + mīgrātus (mīgr- remove + ātus -ate1)
Related forms
emigrative, adjective
reemigrate, verb (used without object), reemigrated, reemigrating.
unemigrating, adjective
Can be confused
emigrate, immigrate, migrate (see synonym study at migrate)
Synonym Study
See migrate. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for emigrate
  • For this purpose a mere bare permission to emigrate into the country will not suffice.
  • Disillusion with what the country of their birth had inflicted on their livelihoods, my parents eventually chose to emigrate.
  • To have the freedom to emigrate anywhere and restrict the freedom of those who chose to enter the country.
  • It was then that many of his generals, soldiers, and supporters felt it prudent to emigrate.
  • It is overwhelmingly the young, motivated, hardworking people that emigrate.
  • Those pondering whether to emigrate, must decide for themselves.
  • He helped her emigrate to Sweden.
  • Those who emigrate maintain ties with their families and their homeland.
  • The most likely solution, he said, was for her to emigrate.
  • Use another color to shade in areas from which people might emigrate to enjoy those benefits.
British Dictionary definitions for emigrate


(intransitive) to leave one place or country, esp one's native country, in order to settle in another Compare immigrate
Derived Forms
emigratory, adjective
Word Origin
C18: from Latin ēmīgrāre, from mīgrāre to depart, migrate
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Word Origin and History for emigrate

1778, a back-formation from emigration, or else from Latin emigratus, past participle of emigrare (see emigration). Related: Emigrated; emigrating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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