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 The Lake Villa District Library has for years incorporated resident art in their spaces, displaying rotating works from artists from the Lake County Art League. Yadira Sanchez Olson,, "Lake Villa library looking for local artists to beautify its walls," 4 Mar. 2021 Actor Patrick Mower received his vaccine on December 15, in his resident city Louth. Gabrielle Sanchez, Vulture, "All the Celebrities Who Have Received the COVID-19 Vaccine," 3 Mar. 2021 Separately, the city’s Give2SF fund raised $32.3 million for small business and resident aid, with donors including Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Twilio CEO Jeff Lawson. Roland Li, San Francisco Chronicle, "Founder of crypto company Ripple donates $1.7 million to help city's small businesses," 3 Mar. 2021 The nonprofit Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens at 253 Barcelona Road in the historic El Cid neighborhood of West Palm Beach was established in 1977 by resident sculptor Ann Weaver Norton. Kari Barnett,, "Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens offering free admission for nurses," 2 Mar. 2021 This included everything from financial concerns to resident safety. John Benson, cleveland, "Parma mayor delivers virtual state of the city address," 2 Mar. 2021 While February’s final tally will continue to grow as reports come in, January now holds the record for actual date of death since the pandemic began, totaling 5,309 resident fatalities. Richard Tribou,, "Florida reports 147 coronavirus resident deaths, 1,700 new cases," 1 Mar. 2021 Prodigal Son Catherine Zeta-Jones joins the cast of this psychological thriller as the resident M.D. in the prison infirmary where Martin (Michael Sheen) works. Los Angeles Times, "What’s on TV Tuesday: ‘Young Rock’ and ‘Kenan’ on NBC," 1 Mar. 2021 More than 27,000 people applied for licenses, and 1,486 tags were issued, including 21 to non-resident hunters. Popular Science, "Wisconsin hunters have already killed more gray wolves than allowed," 1 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Among the contributions was a $250,000 check from an Ocean Reef Club resident. Nicholas Reimann, Forbes, "Top Florida Democrats Ask FBI To Investigate DeSantis ‘Vaccine Auction’," 4 Mar. 2021 First, in the 1978 case Califano v. Torres, the Supreme Court rejected a SSI claim by a Puerto Rico resident who had argued the denial violated his right to travel. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The Supreme Court Case That Lays Bare Puerto Ricans’ “Second-Class Citizenship”," 2 Mar. 2021 The resident had reported that a window had been broken and a person was attempting to enter. Ashton Eley, Arkansas Online, "West Arkansas deputy shoots, kills Franklin County man," 1 Mar. 2021 Compared to Medicaid, which pays roughly $200 per day per resident (though the exact number varies by state), Medicare provides about $500 per day. Lila Maclellan, Quartz, "A second crisis looms for US nursing homes," 25 Feb. 2021 Sunday morning, a resident reported a body floating in the canal near the 3700 block of Northwest 41st Street, about a thousand feet from the location of Thursday’s shooting. Austen Erblat,, "He was wanted in a fatal shooting. Days later, he was found dead in canal," 21 Feb. 2021 The resident reported someone was banging on their door inside the garage. Star Tribune, "Twin Cities metro police blotter, Feb. 21," 20 Feb. 2021 Georgia ranks 37th among the states in public health spending per resident. Alan Judd, ajc, "Amid deadly pandemic, Georgia not increasing public-health spending," 25 Jan. 2021 That’s more per resident than every state but West Virginia. Tim Evans, The Indianapolis Star, "Five ways to fix Indiana's broken nursing home system," 23 Jan. 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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6 Mar 2021

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“Resident.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 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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