verb (used without object), mi·grat·ed, mi·grat·ing.

  1. to go from one country, region, or place to another.
  2. to pass periodically from one region or climate to another, as certain birds, fishes, and animals: The birds migrate southward in the winter.
  3. to shift, as from one system, mode of operation, or enterprise to another.
  4. Physiology. (of a cell, tissue, etc.) to move from one region of the body to another, as in embryonic development.
  5. Chemistry.
    1. (of ions) to move toward an electrode during electrolysis.
    2. (of atoms within a molecule) to change position.
  6. (at British universities) to change or transfer from one college to another.

verb (intr)

  1. to go from one region, country, or place of abode to settle in another, esp in a foreign country
  2. (of birds, fishes, etc) to journey between different areas at specific times of the year

v.1690s, from Latin migratus, past participle of migrare “to move from one place to another” (see migration). Related: Migrated; migrating.

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