What is the difference between the word “immigrate” and “emigrate?”?

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What is the difference between the word “immigrate” and “emigrate?”?

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Immigrate means to come into a country because you want to live there = you are an ‘immigrant’ Emigrate means to leave your country in order to live in another country = you are the ’emigrant’ ;p

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To add to the three informative posts above, I could add definitions of the prefixes ‘im-‘ in immigrate and ‘e- in emigrate’: ‘im-‘ is a variant form of ‘in-‘ meaning “in”. Hence ‘immigrate’ would be analysed “to move in”, and ‘e-‘ is a variant form of ‘ex-‘ meaning “out”. Hence ’emigrate’ would be analysed “to move out”. These can help you memorise the different meanings via the sounds because people retain better what is understood in simple forms that they readily recognise.

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