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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.
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 emigrated
  • Humans would have exhibited polymorphism on this locus before they emigrated.
  • Tells about the awful smell of the city during a heat-wave when writer's family visits, twelve years after they have emigrated.
  • They helped make sense of the world as he and his family emigrated from one superpower to the other.
  • If he does, he would be following other members of his family who have already emigrated for the same reason.
  • Others may have emigrated without reporting their status to local authorities, or relatives simply did not report the deaths.
  • He felt his life was threatened and he emigrated far away with is family.
  • Three-quarters of the doctors have emigrated, along with more than half of nurses, physiotherapists and social workers.
British Dictionary definitions for emigrated


(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 emigrated



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

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