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verb (TRAVEL/MOVE)    /maɪˈɡreɪt/ US  /ˈmaɪ.ɡreɪt/
[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.Animal (non-human) behaviour [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.Changing homes and moving [I] to move from one place to another: Trade is migrating from local shops to the larger out-of-town stores.Departing migration     /maɪˈɡreɪ.ʃən/ noun [C or U] C1 There was a mass migration of poverty-struck farmers into the cities. → Compare immigration, emigration (emigrate)Animal (non-human) behaviour migratory     /ˈmaɪ.ɡrə.tər.i/ /maɪˈɡreɪ-/ US  /-tɔːr-/ adjective migratory birdsAnimal (non-human) behaviour
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