C17: from Latin immigrāre to go into, from im- + migrāre to move
immigrate for learners of EnglishPowered by COBUILD (ɪmɪgreɪt)
Word forms: immigrates, immigrating, immigrated
verb [no passive]
If someone immigrates to a particular country, they come to live or work in that country, after leaving the country where they were born. [V + to] ⇒ ...a Russian-born professor who had immigrated to the United States. [V + from] ⇒ He immigrated from Ulster in 1848. [V] ⇒ 10,000 people are expected to immigrate in the next two years.