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Definition of migrate verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they migrate
    he / she / it migrates
    past simple migrated
    -ing form migrating
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  1. 1[intransitive] (of birds, animals, etc.) to move from one part of the world to another according to the season Swallows migrate south in winter.
  2. 2[intransitive] (of a lot of people) to move from one town, country, etc. to go and live and/or work in another synonym emigrate Thousands were forced to migrate from rural to urban areas in search of work.
  3. 3[intransitive] (technology) to move from one place to another The infected cells then migrate to other areas of the body.
  4. 4[intransitive, transitive] migrate (somebody) (computing) to change, or cause someone to change, from one computer system to another
  5. 5[transitive] migrate something (computing) to move programs or hardware from one computer system to another
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: migrate