Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To move from one country or region and settle in another.
  • intransitive v. To change location periodically, especially by moving seasonally from one region to another.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To relocate periodically from one region to another, usually according to the seasons.
  • v. To change one's geographic pattern of habitation.
  • v. To change habitations across a border; to move from one country or political region to another.
  • v. To move slowly towards, usually in groups.
  • v. : To move computer code or files from one computer or network to another.
  • v. To induce customers to shift purchases from one set of a company's related products to another.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To remove from one country or region to another, with a view to residence; to change one's place of residence; to remove
  • intransitive v. To pass periodically from one region or climate to another for feeding or breeding; -- said of certain birds, fishes, and quadrupeds.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To pass or remove from one place of residence or habitat to another at a distance, especially from one country or latitude to another; in a general sense, to wander.
  • Synonyms Migrate, Emigrate, Immigrate. To migrate is to change one's abode, especially to a distance or to another country, emphasis being laid upon the change, but not upon the place of departure or that of stopping, and the stay being generally not permanent. Emigrate, to migrate from, views the person as leaving his previous abode and making a new home; immigrate, to migrate into, views him as coming to the new place. The Arab migrates; the European coming to America is an emigrant to those whom he leaves, and an immigrant to the Americans. Migrate is applicable to animals; the other terms are generally used of the movements of men.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. move from one country or region to another and settle there
  • v. move periodically or seasonally

Etymologies

Latin migrāre, migrāt-; see mei-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin migratus, past participle of migrō ("migrate, change, transport") (Wiktionary)

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  • A lot of authors have been doing this to other websites since fanfiction.net deleted all the MA rated stories.

    July 12, 2012

  • Like the Donner Party! Except they never finished migrating. Instead, they died.

    November 1, 2011