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adjective na·tive \ˈnā-tiv\

Simple Definition of native

  • : born in a particular place

  • —used to refer to the place where a person was born and raised

  • : belonging to a person since birth or childhood

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of native

  1. 1 :  inborn, innate <native talents>

  2. 2 :  belonging to a particular place by birth

  3. 3 archaic :  closely related

  4. 4 :  belonging to or associated with one by birth

  5. 5 :  natural, normal

  6. 6 a :  grown, produced, or originating in a particular place or in the vicinity :  local b :  living or growing naturally in a particular region :  indigenous

  7. 7 :  simple, unaffected

  8. 8 a :  constituting the original substance or source b :  found in nature especially in an unadulterated form <mining native silver>

  9. 9 chiefly Australian :  having a usually superficial resemblance to a specified English plant or animal

  10. 10 capitalized :  of, relating to, or being a member of an aboriginal people of North or South America :  native american

natively

adverb

nativeness

noun

Examples of native in a sentence

  1. people who are native to France

  2. She has a native ability to learn quickly.

  3. The island is home to several native species of trees.



Origin and Etymology of native

Middle English natif, from Middle French, from Latin nativus, from natus, past participle of nasci to be born — more at nation


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of native

native, indigenous, endemic, aboriginal mean belonging to a locality. native implies birth or origin in a place or region and may suggest compatibility with it <native tribal customs>. indigenous applies to species or races and adds to native the implication of not having been introduced from elsewhere <maize is indigenous to America>. endemic implies being peculiar to a region <edelweiss is endemic in the Alps>. aboriginal implies having no known race preceding in occupancy of the region <the aboriginal peoples of Australia>.

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native

noun na·tive

Simple Definition of native

  • : a person who was born or raised in a particular place

  • : a person from a group of people who were living in an area (such as South America or Africa) when Europeans first arrived

  • : a kind of plant or animal that originally grew or lived in a particular place

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of native

  1. 1 :  one born or reared in a particular place

  2. 2 a :  an original or indigenous inhabitant b :  something indigenous to a particular locality

  3. 3 :  a local resident; especially :  a person who has always lived in a place as distinguished from a visitor or a temporary resident

Examples of native in a sentence

  1. She's a native of France who moved to the United States when she was 15.

  2. He wishes he could speak Spanish like a native.

  3. The plant is a native of Central and South America.



1535

First Known Use of native

1535

Rhymes with native



NATIVE Defined for Kids

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native

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adjective na·tive \ˈnā-tiv\

Definition of native for Students

  1. 1 :  born in a certain place or country <He's a native Belgian.>

  2. 2 :  belonging to a person because of place of birth <His parents speak their native language at home.>

  3. 3 :  living or growing naturally in a certain region <native plants>

  4. 4 :  grown, produced, or coming from a certain place <native tomatoes> <native art>

  5. 5 :  natural 3 <He's a swimmer with native ability.>



Word Root of native

The Latin word nāscī, meaning “to be born,” and its form nātus give us the roots nat and nai. Words from the Latin nāscī have something to do with being born. When someone is native to a particular place, she or he was born there. A nation, or country, is a place where people are born. Anyone naive has a lack of knowledge and experience as if he or she was only recently born.


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noun na·tive

Definition of native for Students

  1. 1 :  a person who was born in or comes from a particular place

  2. 2 :  a kind of plant or animal that originally grew or lived in a particular place




Medical Dictionary

native

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adjective na·tive \ˈnāt-iv\

Medical Definition of native

  1. 1:  belonging to or associated with one by birth

  2. 2:  living or growing naturally in a particular region

  3. 3a:  constituting the original substance or sourceb:  found in nature especially in an unadulterated form <conversion of a native protein to a denatured protein>

natively

adverb




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