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Meaning of migrate by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Latin migratus, past participle of migrō ( “migrate, change, transport” )


    • IPA: /maɪɡrət/


    migrate ( third-person singular simple present migrates present participle migrating, simple past and past participle migrated )

    1. ( intransitive ) To relocate periodically from one region to another, usually according to the seasons.
    2. ( intransitive ) To change one's geographic pattern of habitation .
      Many groups had migrated to western Europe from the plains of eastern Europe .
    3. ( intransitive ) To change habitations across a border; to move from one country or political region to another.
    4. ( intransitive ) To move slowly towards, usually in groups.
    5. ( transitive, computing ): To move computer code or files from one computer or network to another.
    6. ( transitive, marketing ) To induce customers to shift purchases from one set of a company's related products to another .
      We were hoping to migrate the customers of the "C" series to the "E" series and the "E" customers to the "S" series .

    Usage notes

    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 .

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Explanation of migrate by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. move from one country or region to another and settle there

    2. Many Germans migrated to South America in the mid-19th century
      This tribe transmigrated many times over the centuries
    3. move periodically or seasonally

    4. birds migrate in the Winter
      The workers migrate to where the crops need harvesting

    Definition of migrate by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. 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.