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 Last year, about one million people were granted legal permanent resident status, commonly referred to as a green card. Michael D. Shear, New York Times, "Trump Halts New Green Cards, but Backs Off Broader Immigration Ban," 21 Apr. 2020 Alameda County and Solano County each had a resident test positive for the virus, the counties' health departments said in a news release. Christina Maxouris, CNN, "Up to 1 million people could be tested for coronavirus in the US by the end of the week, officials say," 3 Mar. 2020 Anana joins Detroit Zoo's two other resident polar bears — 15-year-old male Nuka and 7-year-old female Suka. Meredith Spelbring, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Zoo welcomes a new polar bear — just in time for mating season," 19 Feb. 2020 Johnson was poking the resident New England bear, still solid in the memory of the Eagles’ upset win over the Patriots in the Super Bowl in February 2018., "Taking a closer look at Bill Belichick after a loss - The Boston Globe," 8 Nov. 2019 In a Twitter post, the park explained that the lions was were not usually resident in areas of the park open to tourists. NBC News, "Pandemic 'potentially catastrophic' for millions of children, UN says," 21 Apr. 2020 Tybee Island is located near Savannah and has a resident population of about 3,000 people. Raja Razek And Ralph Ellis, CNN, "Mayor of Georgia coastal town assails governor's 'reckless mandate' to reopen the state's beaches," 4 Apr. 2020 The southern resident population is at a 35-year low after three whales died in 2018. Washington Post, "Scientists spot more sickly orcas and fear numbers will drop by summer," 20 Nov. 2019 The births are welcome news for a southern resident population that dropped to more than a 30-year low last year. USA TODAY, "Ink library, parking barnacles, lunar training grounds: News from around our 50 states," 9 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In France, residents were allowed the leave their homes without government paperwork for the first time in eight weeks — except in Paris during the morning and evening rush hours. Patrick J. Lyons, New York Times, "Coronavirus Briefing: What Happened Today," 11 May 2020 Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana allows Indianapolis residents to share anonymous tips with law enforcement. Mj Slaby, Indianapolis Star, "Carmel police saw a man with a shotgun. Here's why there was no arrest.," 10 May 2020 Other than for emergency medical reasons or work obligations, residents will be allowed to walk outside their homes only to visit their nearest food store or pharmacy, to take out trash, or to take pet animals within 100 meters of their buildings. Jake Rudnitsky,, "Russia Moves Toward Nationwide Lockdown as Virus Spreads," 10 May 2020 The total number of cases among Cleveland residents has reached 950, with 40 total deaths, the mayor’s office said in a news release. Jane Morice |, cleveland, "19 new coronavirus cases brings Cleveland total to 950; no new deaths reported," 10 May 2020 County officials also reported a fifth death at Broadmoor Medical Lodge, which has had more than 50 cases of COVID-19 among residents and its staff. Dallas News, "423 coronavirus cases reported in federal prison outbreak in Tarrant County; Dallas reports 251 cases," 10 May 2020 More than 930 cases were among residents, of which 219 were hospitalized and 165 died. Chelsea Curtis, azcentral, "Ahwatukee senior-living community celebrates Mother's Day at a distance with parade," 10 May 2020 Among residents, 33 have tested positive and 11 of those were hospitalized as of Friday. Lawrence Specker |, al, "Death toll up to 23 at hard-hit Mobile nursing home," 9 May 2020 Deaths among Hamilton County residents of long-term care facilities rose last week from 11 to 30. The Enquirer,, "Which long-term care facilities around Cincinnati have COVID-19 cases? Here are 44 of them," 7 May 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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28 May 2020

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