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Dictionary Definition



1 move from one country or region to another and settle there; "Many Germans migrated to South America in the mid-19th century"; "This tribe transmigrated many times over the centuries" [syn: transmigrate]
2 move periodically or seasonally; "birds migrate in the Winter"; "The worker migrate to where the crops need harvesting"

User Contributed Dictionary



From etyl la migratus, past participle of migrō


  • /maɪgrət/


  1. To change habitations across a border; to move from one country or political region to another.
    • To escape persecution, they migrated to a neutral country.
  2. To relocate periodically from one region to another, usually according to the seasons.
    • Twice a year the geese migrate—from Florida to Canada and back again.
  3. To move slowly towards, usually in groups.
    • Once the hosts started bickering in the kitchens, the guests began to migrate towards the living room.
  4. transitive computing: To move computer code or files from one computer or network to another.
    • They had finished migrating all of the affected code to the production server by 2:00am, three hours later than expected.
  5. 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.


  • Finnish: siirtyä (1); muuttaa (2)
  • French: migrer
  • German: migrieren
  • Japanese: 移民する, 移住する (1); 渡る (for birds), 回遊する (for fish) (2)
  • Swedish: migrera (1,2)
to move computer code or files



  1. Form of Second-person plural present tense, migrare
  2. Form of Second-person plural imperative, migrare#Italian|migrare

Extensive Definition

Human Migration

  • Human migration, a person or animal leaving its own home to go to a new place or residence.

Historical Migrations

Types of Migration

  • Emigration, leaving one's native country to live in another
  • Immigration, arriving to live in a new country
  • Chain migration, the mechanism by which foreign nationals are allowed to immigrate due to the acquired citizenship of an adult relative
  • Forced migration, the coerced movement of a person or persons away from their home or home region
  • Free migration, a belief that people should be able to migrate to whatever country they choose, free of substantial barriers
  • Illegal immigration, immigration that defies the laws of the arrival country
  • Mass migrations, the movement of a large group of people from one geographical area to another
  • Political migration, a migration motivated primarily by political interests
  • Rural-urban migration, the moving of people from rural areas into cities
  • Seasonal human migration, Migration which is held by season changes
  • The activity of nomads, communities that continually move from one place to another

Animal Migration

Most animal migrations involve seasonal movements to an area for breeding.

Other Migrations




Body Modification

  • Piercing migration, a process that occurs when a body piercing moves from its initial location


Migration of Music

  • All musicians are always trying to make the most authentic and/or original music possible. Although it constantly appears as though music from one place is being linked back to another music that is foreign to the area. It goes along the lines of Conservation of Energy, music never really changes it is just reconfigured and recompiled to create a new form. A great example of migrating music is dance hall and reggae from Jamaica and how it changed into reggaeton for Puerto Rico. “…Reggaeton calls attention to the centrality of black culture and the migration of peoples and ideas in and out of Puerto Rico…” The immigration was from both Jamaica and Africa. The music moved from one place to another and the new region and culture took in dance hall and reggae and turned it into reggaeton.


migrate in Czech: Migrace
migrate in German: Migration
migrate in Spanish: Migración (desambiguación)
migrate in French: Migration
migrate in Croatian: Migracija
migrate in Hebrew: נדידה
migrate in Kannada: ವಲಸೆ
migrate in Latvian: Migrācija
migrate in Lithuanian: Migracija
migrate in Dutch: Migratie
migrate in Japanese: 渡り
migrate in Polish: Migracja
migrate in Portuguese: Migração
migrate in Russian: Миграция
migrate in Serbian: Миграције (биологија)
migrate in Finnish: Migraatio

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