Definition of transmigrate in English:


intransitive verb

[no object]
  • 1(of the soul) pass into a different body after death.

    ‘his spirit would transmigrate into another being’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A distinctive belief is that souls transmigrate (are reincarnated) from generation to generation.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 2 rare 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.’



/tranzˈmīˌɡrāt/ /trænzˈmaɪˌɡreɪt/ /tran(t)sˈmīˌɡrāt/ /træn(t)sˈmaɪˌɡreɪt/


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).