Definition of emigrate in English:



  • Leave one's own country in order to settle permanently in another.

    ‘Rose's parents emigrated to Australia’
    • ‘On emigrating to the US,he was actively involved in sporting organisations in the Big Apple.’
    • ‘They performed from an early age, impressing audiences in the north west before emigrating to Australia in 1958.’
    • ‘She studied with Preobrajenska as a child in Paris, where her parents settled after emigrating from Russia.’
    • ‘In his early years, he emigrated to Leeds and after some years married and settled there.’
    • ‘In 1983, Arnold Schwarzenegger became a US citizen, 14 years after emigrating from Austria.’
    • ‘For the past five years we have had 150,000 or so more people immigrating each year than emigrating.’
    • ‘They collaborated on three plays and a travel book before emigrating to America together in January 1939.’
    • ‘Suddenly they moved, telling neighbours they were emigrating to the US.’
    • ‘Many citizens with higher education were trained abroad and they often emigrate permanently.’
    • ‘According to a recent survey, fewer Irish people are emigrating to America than at any time for more than 200 years.’
    • ‘He arrived in Chippenham in 1963 at the age of 20, after emigrating from Foggio in Southern Italy.’
    • ‘Their reasons for emigrating in the first place were mostly economic and the tales of fortunes to be made abroad spurred them on.’
    • ‘Prior to emigrating to England in the 1950s, Martin worked on the family farm.’
    • ‘In the late 1800s east European Jews emigrating to the USA brought the bagel with them.’
    • ‘Then his family emigrated to the United States and settled in Chicago.’
    • ‘Herschel settled in the area after emigrating from Germany.’
    • ‘The brothers were born on the Isle of Man and moved to Manchester in the 1950s, before emigrating to Australia in 1958.’
    • ‘She added that the couple were originally from Blackburn, but had worked for three years in Manchester before emigrating.’
    • ‘First, skilled workers are legally emigrating, temporarily or permanently, to rich countries.’
    • ‘So far as I can ascertain he never returned to Ireland after emigrating in 1873.’
    move abroad, move overseas, leave one's country, migrate
    relocate, resettle, start a new life
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Late 18th century: from Latin emigrat- emigrated, from the verb emigrare, from e- (variant of ex-) out of + migrare migrate.