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Definition of migrate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    migrate

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//maɪˈɡreɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmaɪɡreɪt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they migrate
    BrE BrE//maɪˈɡreɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmaɪɡreɪt//
     
    he / she / it migrates
    BrE BrE//maɪˈɡreɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmaɪɡreɪts//
     
    past simple migrated
    BrE BrE//maɪˈɡreɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmaɪɡreɪtɪd//
     
    past participle migrated
    BrE BrE//maɪˈɡreɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmaɪɡreɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form migrating
    BrE BrE//maɪˈɡreɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmaɪɡreɪtɪŋ//
     
    Immigration
     
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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. See related entries: Immigration
  3. 3[intransitive] (specialist) 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 somebody 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
  6. Word Origin early 17th cent. (in the general sense ‘move from one place to another’): from Latin migrat- ‘moved, shifted’, from the verb migrare.Extra examples birds that migrate south in the winter Migrating birds often rest and feed in the marshes here. Several thousand years ago whole populations migrated to north-west Europe.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: migrate