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

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 Jared Holt, a resident fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab, a Washington think tank, said Musk’s posts have been consistent and are relatable to some. NBC News, 29 Apr. 2022 Even Allure's resident full-glam queen, associate news editor Gabi Thorne, came away from this concealer with a potential new favorite. Nicola Dall'asen, Allure, 4 Feb. 2022 The latest numbers represent a reduction from the 698.7 cases per 100,000 resident rate announced on Sept. 23. Laura Hancock, cleveland, 30 Sep. 2021 Preeti Vaidya, a data science professional in Manhattan, and Dr. Madhav Sharma, a resident physician in the Bronx, were introduced by friends in 2018 and had planned an elaborate, in-person wedding with 250 people for May 2020. New York Times, 16 July 2021 The Post Register reports Idaho had the 17th-highest resident vaccination rate but 15th-lowest staff vaccination rate among states and territories. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 23 June 2021 Some of the concerns that force people to flee their homes are resident in Colombia. NBC News, 1 May 2022 British Columbia was the first to introduce a 15% non-resident tax on house purchases in August 2016. Yvonne Lau, Fortune, 24 Apr. 2022 Yes, when non-resident foreigners sell a property in the United States, a portion must be held back and sent to the IRS. Gary Singer,, 7 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Officials said the resident provided a vehicle description and license plate number to police, who later observed the vehicle at the Red Roof Inn on 5900 Pfeiffer Road. Quinlan Bentley, The Enquirer, 17 May 2022 The resident was instructed to pay $299.99 with a credit card to remove the virus. Steve Sadin, Chicago Tribune, 15 May 2022 The Lake Elsinore resident was recently named Cal State San Marcos’ President’s Outstanding Graduate for the Class of 2022, which will celebrate commencement ceremonies on campus next weekend — the first in-person graduation events since 2019. San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 May 2022 One relatively new full-time resident is TV writer Jayne Hamil, who grew up vacationing in Idyllwild and attending programs at the art school. Hadley Meares, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 May 2022 Responding officers found the entire floor filled with the odor and located the resident. cleveland, 12 May 2022 The 50-year-old Red Wing, Minn., resident was arrested and charged with two counts of second-degree murder in the death of the 2003 baby. Washington Post, 10 May 2022 The resident has been living at the complex for a year because the rent is cheap but doesn’t feel safe. Jozsef Papp, ajc, 9 May 2022 The Parkville resident then died unexpectedly the following month on June 23, 2017, of cardiac arrest at age 62. Ngan Ho, Baltimore Sun, 7 May 2022 See More

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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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“Resident.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for resident


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


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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