res·​i·​dent | \ ˈre-zə-dənt How to pronounce resident (audio) , ˈrez-dənt, ˈre-zə-ˌdent\

Definition of resident

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : living in a place for some length of time : residing
b : serving in a regular or full-time capacity the resident engineer for a highway department also : being in residence
3 : not migratory resident species



Definition of resident (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : one who resides in a place
2 : a diplomatic agent residing at a foreign court or seat of government especially : one exercising authority in a protected state as representative of the protecting power
3 : a physician serving a residency

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Synonyms & Antonyms for resident

Synonyms: Noun

denizen, dweller, habitant, inhabitant, inhabiter, occupant, resider, tenant

Antonyms: Noun


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Examples of resident in a Sentence


Several tribes are resident in this part of the country.

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Under the proposal, if a resident challenges the accuracy of charges and the city learns that its meter reading is correct, an extra $10 charge would be tacked on that customer's bills. Jaimy Jones, Houston Chronicle, "City of Friendswood considers fees on credit card payments," 23 Jan. 2018 For Wright, empowerment was similarly written into the character of Shuri, Wakanda's resident millennial tech genius. Jen Yamato,, "Warrior, scientist, superspy, queen: How 'Black Panther' brings strong, complex women to Marvel," 31 Jan. 2018 And yes, in true New Mexico form, there is a ranch—a horse ranch!—run by its resident Horse Lady, who offers her guests a true glimpse into the rustic lifestyle by way of equine therapy, home-cooked meals, and their very own adobe-style fireplace. Alison Beckner, Vogue, "Why New Mexico Is the West Coast’s Best (and Most Overlooked) Wellness Retreat," 29 Sep. 2018 Court documents describe the Fontana, Calif., resident’s months-long impersonation, from its inception after an argument with his ex-wife to its unraveling following a traffic stop. Marwa Eltagouri, Washington Post, "A man posed for months as an ICE agent. A traffic stop led his girlfriend to unravel the truth.," 22 May 2018 Thanks to a generous donation from resident Howard Cook and funds raised during the nonprofit organization’s 2017 Love Lights holiday campaign, two units were purchased for resident use across various levels of care at the campus. Milwaukee, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "It's Never 2 Late technology helps seniors at Three Pillars in Dousman," 26 Feb. 2018 Jousse hosts a stylish picnic on quiet Gouverneur Beach where notable resident Roman Abramovich is re-fortifying the dunes with hundreds of new plants. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "Where We Went This Weekend: Toronto, Denver and St. Barts," 18 June 2018 Recovered property, Chagrin River Road: An ODOT worker turned over a driver's license and other cards belonging to a Gates Mills resident May 1. Andy Attina /,, "Bus drives off road while transporting students to prom: Gates Mills Police Blotter," 9 May 2018 The caller gave the resident information to contact a credit reporting agency, but the resident later learned this was a scam. Alexandra Kukulka,, "Police: Online pizza orders placed with fraudulent credit cards in Northrbook," 30 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Many of the residents want the county to cancel the proposed expansion and finally close the landfill. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Bald Eagles Are Stealing Trash from a Seattle Landfill and Dropping it in the Suburbs," 4 Apr. 2019 As a result of Sterling's emotional bouts, he's been labeled as the cast's resident crier (though, as Susan has said, Justin Hartley might just give Sterling a run for his money). Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Sterling K. Brown Is Embracing Every Emotion That Comes With Playing Randall," 19 Mar. 2019 AccuWeather reported tens of thousands of residents across the area are currently without power. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Brace Yourselves: The Entire Country Will be Hit by a Brutal Winter Storm This Week," 12 Feb. 2019 Just a one-hour flight from Seoul lies Jeju Island, where residents of a 300-year-old village have spent generations harvesting camellias for their antioxidant-rich seeds. Jenny Bailly, Allure, "What I Learned About the State of K-Beauty in 2019 by Going Straight to the Source," 21 Mar. 2019 Harry and Meghan are already due to move into Frogmore Cottage in Windsor before the baby's birth, leaving behind their resident in Kensington Palace's Nottingham Cottage. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry & Prince William's Kensington Palace Split Will Reportedly Happen "Within Weeks"," 17 Feb. 2019 And with locals residents in the winning cities having little to no say in these deals, grassroots action is poised to take off. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Amazon HQ2 subsidies are deeply unpopular, but far from uncommon," 14 Nov. 2018 But local governments have already begun using eminent domain to buy up homes and push out residents in Racine County, where Foxconn is now building its plant. Bruce Murphy, The Verge, "Wisconsin’s $4.1 billion Foxconn boondoggle," 29 Oct. 2018 All residents in the area were ordered to evacuate immediately. Amy Lieu, Lucia I. Suarez Sang, Fox News, "Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano erupts, mandatory evacuations ordered for more than 1,000 people," 2 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of resident


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for resident


Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin resident-, residens, present participle of residēre

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English Language Learners Definition of resident

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: living in a particular place usually for a long period of time
: working regularly at a particular place



English Language Learners Definition of resident (Entry 2 of 2)

: someone who lives in a particular place
US : a doctor who is training at a hospital to become a specialist in a particular field of medicine


res·​i·​dent | \ ˈre-zə-dənt How to pronounce resident (audio) \

Kids Definition of resident

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a person who lives in a place



Kids Definition of resident (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : living in a place for some length of time
2 : serving in a full-time position a resident doctor


res·​i·​dent | \ ˈrez-əd-ənt, ˈrez-dənt How to pronounce resident (audio) \

Medical Definition of resident

: a physician serving a residency

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res·​i·​dent | \ ˈre-zə-dənt\

Legal Definition of resident

: one who has a residence in a particular place but does not necessarily have the status of a citizen — compare citizen sense 1, domiciliary

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resident adjective

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