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 But resident Tara Fox, who is represented by attorney Michael Maistelman, filed a complaint with the WEC challenging Coenen's decision. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Oconomowoc alderman lost appeal to be on the spring mayoral ballot. Now he'll run as a write-in candidate.," 14 Feb. 2020 She and Ruiz had shopped around until they were invited to be the resident company at Mazatlán’s historic 19th century Angela Peralta Theater and the city’s Municipal Center for the Arts. Manuel Mendoza, Dallas News, "In its Dallas debut, Mexico’s Delfos Danza Contemporánea asks that you take off your disguise and be yourself," 23 Jan. 2020 How the resident population will fare remains to be seen. Elizabeth Miller/undark, Popular Science, "The race to save the most elusive ferret in the U.S.," 11 Jan. 2020 How the resident population will fare remains to be seen. Elizabeth Miller, Scientific American, "Why Are America’s Black-Footed Ferrets Disappearing?," 9 Jan. 2020 In 1803, composer Emanuel Schikaneder hired Beethoven on as the director of music and resident composer at Theater an der Wien, an opera house that had only been open two years. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian Magazine, "Following Beethoven’s Footsteps Through Vienna," 28 Jan. 2020 Check out our resident skeptic, The OverExplainer, reacting to the latest cultural robbery at Paris Fashion Week. Danielle Young, Essence, "Watch The OverExplainer React To Commes Des Garcons' Terrible Lacefronts," 24 Jan. 2020 The 24-year-old is set to appear in the long-overdue solo film centered on Scarlett Johansson's Natasha Romanoff, the Avengers' resident Russian spy. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "We're Getting More Florence Pugh This Year Thanks to Black Widow," 15 Jan. 2020 The fund of $300,000 can provide incentives for 40 to 60 new resident workers. Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, "You Can Get Up to $15,000 If You Move to Topeka, Kansas," 7 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Her position is shared by other progressive lawmakers across the country who say mobility is a human right, like health care and education, and think residents should be able to freely move around their cities, no matter their income brackets. NBC News, "'Do we care about the public?': Cities weigh free public transit amid rising costs," 17 Feb. 2020 Most residents were off limits, but officials did allow private interviews with several members., "Highly secretive Iranian rebels are holed up in Albania. They gave us a tour.," 16 Feb. 2020 Uninsured residents were much more likely to struggle with paying for health care services. Catherine Ho,, "More Californians are skipping medical care because of cost, and are sicker for it," 14 Feb. 2020 As a result, some 50,000 residents are at risk of losing their benefits from the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), better known as food stamps. Abby Vesoulis, Time, "‘I Think People Will Starve.’ Experts Are Worried About the Hundreds of Thousands Who Could Lose Food Stamps Come April," 14 Feb. 2020 Photos: Working out less likely in these 50 US cities where residents are less physically active Field surveyors don’t sit at desks, Gick said. Sarah Bowman, USA TODAY, "Indiana state employee retires at 102. It wasn't a desk job.," 13 Feb. 2020 Brunswick residents are Josi Willette, Blake McClain, Heather Craska, Anthony Sansone, Noah Herron and Amber Stacho. Sam Boyer, cleveland, "Medina County students excel at colleges and universities," 13 Feb. 2020 Additionally, some Bexar County residents who recently returned from China are self-quarantined in their homes as a precaution, the outlet reported. Fox News, "Texas sheriff says inmate's coronavirus claims are 'pretty unrealistic'," 11 Feb. 2020 The team then created additional fake news that undocumented residents were being targeted by ICE agents. Justin Rohrlich, Quartz, "Another 2020 election simulation ends in chaos," 10 Feb. 2020

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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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20 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Resident.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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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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