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"migrate" in British English

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migrateverb

uk   /maɪˈɡreɪt/  us   /ˈmaɪ.ɡreɪt/
  • migrate verb (TRAVEL/MOVE)

[I] When an ​animal migrates, it ​travels to a different ​place, usually when the ​seasonchanges: These ​animals migrate ​annually in ​search of ​food. In ​September, these ​birds migrate 2,000 ​milessouth to a ​warmerclimate. [I] If ​people migrate, they ​travel in ​largenumbers to a new ​place to ​livetemporarily: Mexicanfarmworkers migrate into the US each ​year to ​findwork at ​harvesttime. [I] to ​move from one ​place to another: Trade has migrated fromlocalshops to the ​largerchainstores.
migration
noun [C or U] uk   us   /maɪˈɡreɪ.ʃən/
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
(Definition of migrate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"migrate" in American English

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migrateverb [I]

 us   /ˈmɑɪ·ɡreɪt, mɑɪˈɡreɪt/
social studies to move from one ​country or ​region to another, often ​temporarily: Farm ​workers migrate at ​harvesttime. In ​September these ​birds migrate ​south.
migrant
noun [C]  us   /ˈmɑɪ·ɡrənt/
migrant ​workers
(Definition of migrate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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migrateverb

uk   /maɪˈɡreɪt/  us   /ˈmaɪɡreɪt/
[I] ECONOMICS to ​travel to a new ​place or country, usually in ​order to ​findwork and ​live there temporarily or permanently: migrate to Mexican ​farmworkers migrate to the US each ​year to ​findwork at ​harvesttime.
[I] to ​move from one ​place to another: Trade is migrating from ​localstores to the larger ​out-of-townhypermarkets.
[I or T] IT to begin, or to make someone begin, using a new ​computersystem: Migrating to the new ​version of Windows shouldn't cause you any problems.
[T] to ​movesoftware or hardware from one ​computersystem to another: Migrating ​software can be a tricky and ​costlyundertaking.
(Definition of migrate from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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