Wordy Wednesday: Emigrate vs. Immigrate

Emigrate: to leave a country or region to live elsewhere

Immigrate: to come to a country to live there

Source: Merriam-Webster

These two words are frequently confused for each other, and it’s easy to see why. The spellings, pronunciation and meanings are almost the same – although the meanings are also essentially opposite.

Here are examples of how the words should be used:

“My great grandmother emigrated from Italy in the early 20th century.”

“People from all over the world hope to immigrate to America for the many opportunities the country offers.”

It helps to remember that “emigrate” should usually be followed by “from,” and “immigrate” should be followed by “to.”

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