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From Middle French migration and its source, Latin migrātiō, from the participle stem of migrō (I migrate), from Proto-Italic *migrāō, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂migʷ- (to change), from *h₂mey-. Cognate with Ancient Greek ἀμείβω (ameíbō).


  • (UK) IPA(key)/maɪˈɡɹeɪʃ(ə)n/


migration (countable and uncountableplural migrations)

  1. An instance of moving to live in another place for a while.
  2. Seasonal moving of animals, as mammals, birds or fish, especially between breeding and non-breeding areas.
  3. Movement in general.
     The migration of lead from a can to the food inside it can cause lead poisoning.
  4. (computing) Instance of changing a platform from an environment to another one.
  5. (biochemistry) The movement of cells in particular directions to specific locations.
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