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[mahy-greyt] /ˈmaɪ greɪt/
verb (used without object), migrated, migrating.
to go from one country, region, or place to another.
Synonyms: move, resettle, relocate.
Antonyms: remain.
to pass periodically from one region or climate to another, as certain birds, fishes, and animals:
The birds migrate southward in the winter.
to shift, as from one system, mode of operation, or enterprise to another.
Physiology. (of a cell, tissue, etc.) to move from one region of the body to another, as in embryonic development.
  1. (of ions) to move toward an electrode during electrolysis.
  2. (of atoms within a molecule) to change position.
(at British universities) to change or transfer from one college to another.
Origin of migrate
1690-1700; < Latin migrātus (past participle of migrāre to move from place to place, change position or abode), equivalent to migrā- verb stem + -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
migrator, noun
intermigrate, verb (used without object), intermigrated, intermigrating.
nonmigrating, adjective, noun
remigrate, verb (used without object), remigrated, remigrating.
unmigrating, adjective
Can be confused
emigrate, immigrate, migrate (see synonym study at the current entry)
Synonym Study
1. Migrate, emigrate, immigrate are used of changing one's abode from one country or part of a country to another. To migrate is to make such a move either once or repeatedly: to migrate from Ireland to the United States. To emigrate is to leave a country, usually one's own (and take up residence in another): Each year many people emigrate from Europe. To immigrate is to enter and settle in a country not one's own: There are many inducements to immigrate to South America. Migrate is applied both to people or to animals that move from one region to another, especially periodically; the other terms are generally applied to movements of people. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for migrated
  • Strategic plans migrated to higher education from the corporate world.
  • The poetry blurb was a sign that it has migrated from speech to print.
  • The bear accordingly grew plush, diminutive, and migrated to the crib in the form of the teddy bear.
  • The evolutionary benefit was scored according to how far organisms migrated.
  • New users then migrated to the vast range of personal sites, each of which may draw no more than a few thousand hits per week.
  • Those who have migrated, or moved, to your community often have a unique perspective and a strong impact on the community.
  • One of the swans never migrated south, meaning it might have been injured.
  • Everyone migrated to the jump site outside the village.
  • We step back into skis on the leeward side of the hill where snow has migrated and settled for the spring.
  • Mammals are in hibernation, and birds have migrated to warmer locations.
British Dictionary definitions for migrated


verb (intransitive)
to go from one region, country, or place of abode to settle in another, esp in a foreign country
(of birds, fishes, etc) to journey between different areas at specific times of the year
Derived Forms
migrator, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin migrāre to change one's abode
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Word Origin and History for migrated



1690s, from Latin migratus, past participle of migrare "to move from one place to another" (see migration). Related: Migrated; migrating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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