- IPA: /maɪɡrət/
- ( intransitive ) To relocate periodically from one region to another, usually according to the seasons.
- ( intransitive ) To change one's geographic pattern of habitation .
- ( intransitive ) To change habitations across a border; to move from one country or political region to another.
- ( intransitive ) To move slowly towards, usually in groups.
- ( transitive, computing ): To move computer code or files from one computer or network to another.
- ( transitive, marketing ) To induce customers to shift purchases from one set of a company's related products to another .
Some people consider the jargonistic transitive form of this word to be improper, on the grounds that it is untraditional, and that if a transitive verb is to be constructed from migrate it should still be the subject that is doing the migrating. Alternatives include move, herd, transfer, or relocate. This objection is not widespread however, and migrate is the only term generally used to mean specifically the movement of computer code from one computer to another. Usually both computers are servers of some sort .
Explanation of migrate by Wordnet Dictionary
- Many Germans migrated to South America in the mid-19th century
- This tribe transmigrated many times over the centuries
- Migrate v. i. [imp. & p. p. Migrated ; p. pr. & vb. n. Migrating] [L. migratus, p. p. of migrare to migrate, transfer.]
1. To remove from one country or region to another, with a view to residence; to change one's place of residence; to remove; as, “the Moors who migrated from Africa into Spain; to migrate to the West.”
2. To pass periodically from one region or climate to another for feeding or breeding; -- said of certain birds, fishes, and quadrupeds.
Definition of migrate by GCIDE Dictionary