res·i·dent | \ˈre-zə-dənt, 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

The district has so far registered 307 new resident students, 97 of whom will attend La Cañada Elementary, 78 Paradise Canyon Elementary and 71 Palm Crest Elementary. Sara Cardine,, "La Cañada Unified officials honor robotics team’s enterprise, prep for new school year," 12 July 2018 At the time, the Aquarium’s resident sand shark, Bertha, was 40ish. Michael Kimmelman, New York Times, "Coney Island’s Newest Wonder: Sharkitecture!," 28 June 2018 Back in their seats after the first act, guests were treated to more from Robbins’s repertoire and a world premiere from resident choreographer, wunderkind Justin Peck. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Ballet Enthusiasts of All Ages Attend the NYCB’s Spring Gala," 4 May 2018 Downtown genuinely struggled in the late 20th century and into the new millennium, but it's seen a dynamic resurgence in both business and resident interest in recent years. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "Where you can live on a typical income around downtown Louisville," 9 July 2018 Also in 2009, HSDC dancer Alejandro Cerrudo became the company's first resident choreographer. Ana Gershanik,, "NOBA presents Hubbard Street Dance Chicago," 4 Apr. 2018 Granted, for a few of us, that trip was at birth (lookin' at you, resident Brit Lale) or soon after (Associate Editor Andrea Whittle). Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Women Who Travel Podcast: How to Plan Your First Trip to Europe," 4 June 2018 According to the official guidelines of the Transport Security Administration (TSA) official website, domestic U.S. travelers must have valid identification to fly, such as a driver’s license, passport or permanent resident card. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Rapper G-Eazy uses magazine cover to get through airport security," 4 Apr. 2018 The company has booked more than $1 billion in such credits since 2014.The Nevada tax credits are issued as Tesla hits benchmarks in capital spending and in hiring Nevada-resident workers. Russ Mitchell,, "How Tesla uses cash from Nevada casinos to boost its bottom line," 24 June 2018

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Breast and cervical cancer treatment can last up to 10 years, but caps on treatment for low-income California residents, many who are undocumented immigrants, meant that some were cut off from care after only 18 or 24 months. Paul Sisson,, "Komen, Atkins celebrate elimination of cancer treatment limits," 13 July 2018 Image For the residents in Kew Gardens, Queens, their neighborhood’s three-decades-long existential crisis is coming to an end. Sarah Maslin Nir, New York Times, "A Bridge, the Rickety Heart of Kew Gardens, Gets a Reprieve," 12 July 2018 Burns & McDonnell also donated $900 to Barnes’ holiday party for Fifth District residents in December 2017. Bill Turque, kansascity, "KC council members slam gift ethics plan as Jason Kander drops casual campaign video," 12 July 2018 For residents who regularly circle blocks scouring for parking, the findings by data scientist Eric Scharnhorst seem almost impossible. Caitlin Mccabe,, "Philadelphia has 2,172,896 parking spaces. So how come you're still circling the block?," 12 July 2018 The new center is expected to open in the summer of 2019 on 2 acres on Compton Road adjacent to the Cary Crossing housing complex for residents with disabilities. Jennie Key,, "City wins appeal in public records lawsuit," 12 July 2018 In February the organization held a presale of tickets to Cubs-Brewers games for Wisconsin residents only, hoping to take back Miller Park from roving hordes of road-tripping Cubs fans. Paul Sullivan,, "Cubs can't expect Brewers to slip again — their success is no fluke," 12 July 2018 Critics said the effort was undertaken without shelters being provided for the residents of those camps. Dominic Fracassa,, "Now-former SF Mayor Farrell looks back on short term, future of city," 12 July 2018 State lawmakers passed a bill in May requiring Hinckley to set up a public forum for residents instead of going to school board meetings, which now meet quarterly each year. Meredith Colias-pete, Post-Tribune, "Resident at first Gary schools forum: 'Where do you come down in terms of obligations to the community?'," 11 July 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

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


res·i·dent | \ˈre-zə-dənt \

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 \

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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