Meaning of “immigrant” in the English Dictionary

"immigrant" in British English

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immigrantnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈɪm.ɪ.ɡrənt/ us /ˈɪm.ə.ɡrənt/

B2 a person who has come to a different country in order to live there permanently:

a large immigrant population
Illegal immigrants are sent back across the border if they are caught.

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  • She married Norwegian immigrant Niels Larsen who later anglicized his name.
  • The prime minister met many civic leaders, including the mayor and the leaders of the immigrant communities.
  • These organizations have fought very hard for the rights and welfare of immigrants.
  • The president has remained mute about plans to curtail the number of immigrants.
  • Many of the immigrants have intermarried with the island's original inhabitants.

(Definition of “immigrant” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"immigrant" in American English

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immigrantnoun [ C ]

us /ˈɪm·ɪ·ɡrənt/

social studies a person who has come into a foreign country in order to live there:

My grandparents arrived here as immigrants from Russia in 1910.
immigrate
verb [ I ] us /ˈɪm·ɪˌɡreɪt/

His family immigrated to the United States in 1928.

(Definition of “immigrant” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"immigrant" in Business English

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immigrantnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈɪmɪɡrənt/ us

a person who has come to a country that is not their own in order to live there permanently:

legal/illegal/undocumented immigrant Arizona employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants face suspension of their business license.
immigrant to ... The majority of recent immigrants to the US are from Mexico and Central America.
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(Definition of “immigrant” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)