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immigrate

im·mi·grate

immigrate

 
pronunciation:
I m greIt
features:
Language Note, Word Parts
part of speech: verb
inflections: immigrated, immigrates, immigrating
definition: to come to live in a country where one was not born.
My parents immigrated to the United States from Mexico.
similar words:
emigrate, migrate
derivation: immigrator (n.)
Language Note
Immigrate and emigrate are verbs that are related and that sound almost alike. Immigrate means to come to live in a country where one was not born. Emigrate means to leave one country to settle in another.

Andrea immigrated to the United States from Bosnia. Her family emigrated because of the war.
Word Parts
The word immigrate contains the following part:
im-1 Latin prefix that means in, into, on
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The prefix im-1 occurs in Latin loanwords. It is an assimilated form of in-1 used before roots beginning with m, p, and b, such as "mers," "port," and "bib."