Definition of immigrate in English:



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

    ‘the Mennonites immigrated to western Canada in the 1870s’
    • ‘It is also known that many European settlers first lived in Venezuela, only to immigrate to the United States.’
    • ‘My parents immigrated to the United States from Bangladesh and gave birth to me soon after.’
    • ‘Most farm workers descend from Africans who immigrated to Zimbabwe specifically to work on these farms.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Imagine you lived in a far-away country and chose to apply to immigrate to our great white chilly north.’
    • ‘I hadn't stepped foot on Haitian soil since I left in 1986 and immigrated to California.’
    • ‘Outcasts and refugees from throughout the world have immigrated to it and flourished as they could have nowhere else.’
    • ‘His parents immigrated to the United States in the early 1970s, and he was born in Baton Rouge.’
    • ‘All four of my grandparents legally immigrated to this country from Russia, Poland and France.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Instead, many Western Samoans seek to immigrate to American Samoa.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Following this money, more than 1 million Taiwanese have immigrated to China to live and work.’
    • ‘Indeed, when they immigrate to developed countries they are often among the most creative and inventive people in their new homes.’
    • ‘After you immigrated to America, you spent some time in a yeshiva.’
    • ‘Moreover, if he were finally deported, he would be permanently barred from immigrating to Australia.’
    • ‘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.’


See emigrate


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