Do you know the difference between ‘emigrate’ and ‘immigrate’? Or how to use either of these words in a sentence? We’ll cover all of that and more in this article.
The quick answer is that ‘emigrate’ means to leave your country and go live in another country. ‘Immigrate’ means to come into another country to live permanently.
You know that ‘emigrate’ means to leave your country and go live in another one and that ‘immigrate’ means to come into another country to live for good.
So, what does ‘migrate’ mean?
‘Migrate’ means to move, the way birds fly south in the winter.
As you just learned, ‘emigrate’ and ‘immigrate’ sound similar, but they’re two different words with two totally different meanings, unlike homophones, which are usually spelled the same and mean different things.
The former means to leave a place, whereas the latter means to come to a place.
Someone is an ‘immigrant’ to a new country and an ‘emigrant’ from an old one.
In Coming to America, Eddie Murphy played an 'immigrant' to the United States. But in his home country, he was considered an 'emigrant' since he left for America.
The Merriam-Webster definition of ‘emigrate’ is: “to leave one’s place of residence or country to live elsewhere.”
The Merriam-Webster definition of ‘immigrate’ is: “to enter and usually become established” and “especially: to come into a country of which one is not a native for permanent residence.”
As a transitive verb, it means: “to bring in or send as immigrants.”
Now that we know what the difference is between the two words, we can take a look at how to use them both in a sentence.
Take a look at some examples of how to use ‘emigrate’ in a sentence.
Now, we’ll look at how to use ‘immigrate’ in a sentence.
In closing, we’ve learned that ‘emigrate’ and ‘immigrate’ sound similar but mean different things. The former means to leave a country for a new one, while the latter means to come to a country from another for permanent residence. Now, you can comfortably use both words in a sentence with the above examples as a guide.
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