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migrate

verb uk   /maɪˈɡreɪt/ us    /ˈmaɪ.ɡreɪt/

migrate verb (TRAVEL/MOVE)

[I] When an animal migrates, it travels to a different place, usually when the season changes: These animals migrate annually in search of food. In September, these birds migrate 2,000 miles south to a warmer climate. [I] If people migrate, they travel in large numbers to a new place to live temporarily: Mexican farm workers migrate into the US each year to find work at harvest time. [I] to move from one place to another: Trade is migrating from local shops to the larger out-of-town stores.

migrate verb (COMPUTING)

[I or T] specialized computing to begin using a new computer system, or to move information from one type of system to another: Migrating to Windows XP shouldn't cause you any problems.
migration
noun [C or U] uk   /maɪˈɡreɪ.ʃən/ us  
C1 There was a mass migration of poverty-struck farmers into the cities.
migratory
adjective uk   /ˈmaɪ.ɡrə.tər.i/ /maɪˈɡreɪ-/ us    /-tɔːr-/
migratory birds
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