Definition of transmigrate in English:



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  • 1(of the soul) pass into a different body after death.

    ‘his spirit would transmigrate into another being’
    • ‘Alternatively, Plato thought that all ideas were held from birth in the mind, where they had transmigrated from earlier souls.’
    • ‘The cycle, like the universe, is believed to have no beginning or end and individuals transmigrate from one existence to the next in accordance with their karma or moral conduct.’
    • ‘There are many European traditions, from Procopius onwards, which think of Britain as an island of the dead, a resting-place for transmigrating souls.’
    • ‘A distinctive belief is that souls transmigrate (are reincarnated) from generation to generation.’
    • ‘Buddhism held an alternative but no less unbelievable theology - that there was no such thing as a God, and that on death your soul transmigrates into the body of some new born creature.’
  • 2rare Migrate.

    ‘they might transmigrate to those settlements’
    • ‘In other regions where the Javanese have been transmigrated, there have been similar outbreaks of violence, though not as serious.’
    • ‘Potential for interethnic conflict has increased over the past decades as more people from Java are transmigrated to outer islands, and more people from the outer islands move to Java.’
    • ‘A prerequisite for invasiveness is the ability of pneumococci to transmigrate and to disseminate through the epithelial and endothelial layers and to breach the blood-brain barrier.’
    • ‘Leukocytes may adhere, transmigrate, release proteases, cause additional endothelial injury, and lead to the development of inflammatory changes in the vessel wall.’


Late Middle English (as an adjective in the sense ‘transferred’): from Latin transmigrat- ‘removed from one place to another’, from the verb transmigrare (see trans-, migrate).