Definition of immigrate in English:



[NO OBJECT]North American
  • Come to live permanently in a foreign country.

    ‘an Australian who immigrated to Britain in 1982’
    • ‘Instead, many Western Samoans seek to immigrate to American Samoa.’
    • ‘Most lived in Germany for at least 10 years before immigrating to Canada, during which time they incorporated German customs and baking into their Christmas celebrations.’
    • ‘A country surely has the right to decide who is permitted to immigrate and become a citizen of that country - that is not the issue.’
    • ‘The readership either still lived in Eastern Europe or had immigrated to the United States.’
    • ‘Imagine you lived in a far-away country and chose to apply to immigrate to our great white chilly north.’
    • ‘Moreover, if he were finally deported, he would be permanently barred from immigrating to Australia.’
    • ‘His parents immigrated to the United States in the early 1970s, and he was born in Baton Rouge.’
    • ‘Following this money, more than 1 million Taiwanese have immigrated to China to live and work.’
    • ‘It is also known that many European settlers first lived in Venezuela, only to immigrate to the United States.’
    • ‘Belize is dotted with tiny colonies of Mennonites, most of whom immigrated in the fifties from Canada and Mexico.’
    • ‘If one does not wish to live in Korea, one should immigrate legally.’
    • ‘My parents immigrated to the United States from Bangladesh and gave birth to me soon after.’
    • ‘All four of my grandparents legally immigrated to this country from Russia, Poland and France.’
    • ‘She has lived in Durham, North Carolina for six years since immigrating from Mexico City and last December gave birth to her third child, Carlos.’
    • ‘I hadn't stepped foot on Haitian soil since I left in 1986 and immigrated to California.’
    • ‘In fact, we not only don't recognize the marriages; we don't allow anyone to immigrate who has been part of such a marriage.’
    • ‘Indeed, when they immigrate to developed countries they are often among the most creative and inventive people in their new homes.’
    • ‘Outcasts and refugees from throughout the world have immigrated to it and flourished as they could have nowhere else.’
    • ‘After you immigrated to America, you spent some time in a yeshiva.’
    • ‘Most farm workers descend from Africans who immigrated to Zimbabwe specifically to work on these farms.’


Early 17th century: from Latin immigrat- immigrated, from the verb immigrare, from in- into + migrare migrate.