Definition of migrate in English:


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intransitive verb

[no object]
  • 1(of an animal, typically a bird or fish) move from one region or habitat to another according to the seasons.

    • ‘as autumn arrives, the birds migrate south’
    roam, wander, drift, rove, travel, travel around, voyage, journey, trek, hike, itinerate, globetrot
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    1. 1.1(of a person) move to a new area or country in order to find work or better living conditions.
      • ‘rural populations have migrated to urban areas’
      relocate, resettle, move, move house
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  • 2Move from one part of something to another.

    • ‘cells that can form pigment migrate beneath the skin’
    relocate, resettle, move, move house
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  • 3Computing
    Change or cause to change from one system to another.

    no object ‘customers are migrating from mainframes to client-server environments’
    • ‘save time by efficiently migrating data to secondary storage systems’
    1. 3.1with object Transfer (programs or hardware) from one system to another.
      • ‘the system will allow users to migrate applications across environments’



/ˈmīˌɡrāt/ /ˈmaɪˌɡreɪt/


Early 17th century (in the general sense ‘move from one place to another’): from Latin migrat- ‘moved, shifted’, from the verb migrare.