verbmi·grat·ed, mi·grat·ing, mi·grates
verb intransitivemi·grat·ed, mi·grat·ing, mi·grates
- To move from one country or region and settle in another.
- To change location periodically, especially by moving seasonally from one region to another.
- Computers To be moved from one system to another: migrated to an updated version of the platform.
verb transitive Computers
To move (something) from one system to another: migrated specific applications to a selected server.
Origin of migrate
Latin migrāre migrāt-
; see mei-1
in Indo-European roots.
Usage Note: Migrate usually indicates a permanent change of settlement when referring to people and implies historical demographic shifts of great magnitude, as in In the 5th century AD the Angles, Saxons, and Jutes began migrating to England. When referring to birds or other animals, migrate usually indicates a seasonal or other temporary change in habitat. Emigrate and immigrate are used only of people and also imply a permanent move, generally across a political boundary. Emigrate describes the move relative to the point of departure: After the Nazis came to power in Germany, many scientists emigrated. Immigrate describes the move relative to the destination: The promise of prosperity here in the United States encouraged many people to immigrate.
(third-person singular simple present migrates, present participle migrating, simple past and past participle migrated)
- (intransitive) To relocate periodically from one region to another, usually according to the seasons.
- (intransitive) To change one's geographic pattern of habitation.
- Many groups had migrated to western Europe from the plains of eastern Europe.
- (intransitive) To change habitations across a border; to move from one country or political region to another.
- (intransitive) To move slowly towards, usually in groups.
- (computing): To move computer code or files from one computer or network to another.
- (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.
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.
From Latin migratus, past participle of migrÅ (“migrate, change, transport")