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

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of resident in a Sentence

Adjective Several tribes are resident in this part of the country.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Hospitalizations, meanwhile, have moved slightly higher with 1,366 new resident admissions compared to 1,244 the week previous. Richard Tribou,, "Florida reports 39 coronavirus resident deaths, 3,075 new cases," 3 May 2021 Pitchers stood mattresses up in dormitories and hurled weighted balls into them — the loud bangs eliciting warning texts from a resident adviser. New York Times, "Denied a Season, Some Ivy League Athletes Craft a Baseball Gap Year," 2 May 2021 Plus, resident comic book expert Jevon Phillips speaks with five Black comic book creators on the Black superhero moment. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Essential Arts: A largely Latino-free Oscars in L.A.'s Mexican heart," 1 May 2021 Officials say those restrictions could change in the future, depending on conditions and resident vaccination levels. Steve Schering,, "Health department: Oak Park residents can again host block parties, with limitations," 1 May 2021 Those living in high-tax states such as California and New York will be looking at a top rate in excess of 54 percent, and for those lucky enough to be resident in de Blasio’s New York City, over 58 percent. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "Another Twist of the Knife: Introducing a New Death Tax," 1 May 2021 Your resident state might also issue recommendations or requirements, such as submitting a health form (New York) or a negative test result for unvaccinated folks (Vermont). Washington Post, "Where to find answers to your questions about international travel," 30 Apr. 2021 The superintendent also credited the clean audit to the district’s decision -- which was based on a resident suggestion years ago -- to use a private auditor. John Benson, cleveland, "Parma City Schools leaders point to perfect state audit as proof district has ‘turned the corner’," 29 Apr. 2021 The decision to transform Tej into the resident tech guy meant Ludacris got to play modern cinema's coolest nerd. Derek Lawrence,, "Ten years later, Fast Five is still the rock of the franchise," 28 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun At the coffee shop in the ground floor of Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa, more tourists are dropping by for coffee, including Jamerio Eubanks, a New Jersey resident. Esther Fung, WSJ, "U.S. Travelers Say ‘Aloha’ Again, Bringing Relief to Hawaiian Hotels," 4 May 2021 On March 23, someone reported a bear getting into trash, and a resident said a bear had torn down his bird feeder two weeks ago. Brittany Shammas, Anchorage Daily News, "Bear kills woman walking her dogs in Colorado, officials say," 3 May 2021 On March 23, someone reported a bear getting into trash, and a resident said a bear had torn down his bird feeder two weeks ago. Washington Post, "A woman was killed in an apparent bear attack while walking her dogs, officials say," 2 May 2021 One resident said she was encouraged to get vaccinated through a mobile clinic at her church. Meredith Deliso, ABC News, "As COVID-19 vaccine demand slips, officials look for new ways to reach more people," 1 May 2021 Menacing, Whitney Road: On April 17, police were dispatched to a Whitney Road apartment complex unit after a resident said her ex-boyfriend had been sending threatening text messages. John Benson, cleveland, "Man watches neighbor’s dog poop in his yard: Strongsville Police Blotter," 28 Apr. 2021 Another north Alabama resident said an eviction pushed her daughter over the state line, facing felony charges and unable to afford an attorney. al, "The Tennessee Trap: How one state’s war on Medicaid fraud ensnares working moms in Alabama," 26 Apr. 2021 The Pennsylvania resident afflicted with the condition recovered in a New Jersey hospital, the department said. Christen Smith, Washington Examiner, "Pennsylvania woman among those diagnosed with rare blood clot after COVID-19 vaccination," 16 Apr. 2021 The second resident said a jail had been made from a deserted house on the outskirts of town. Nick Paton Walsh, CNN, "This is what a backward society controlled by the Taliban is like for its citizens," 14 Apr. 2021

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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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The first known use of resident was in the 14th century

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5 May 2021

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“Resident.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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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

Other Words from resident

resident adjective

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