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 They were controlled by officers who checked the ID of residents found wandering through the robot's camera. Aisha Salaudeen, CNN, "Rwanda has enlisted anti-epidemic robots in its fight against coronavirus," 25 May 2020 There are also nagging economic questions, including Texans getting shellacked by outrageous property tax bills amid a pandemic that’s left millions of residents out of work and struggling to feed their families. Dallas News, "Where do we go from here? 3 COVID-19 topics your elected leaders should tackle," 25 May 2020 The protest underscored the outrage of residents after Beijing on Friday proposed new security laws that would tighten its control over Hong Kong. Isabella Kwai, New York Times, "Hong Kong, Dominic Cummings, New Zealand: Your Monday Briefing," 25 May 2020 By mid-April, a handful of residents had tested positive and were immediately isolated. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, "The Bushwick House Share Was a Haven—Then COVID-19 Struck," 25 May 2020 The Cleveland Department of Public Health is working to identify close contacts of the residents who would need testing or monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms, the release says. Kaylee Remington, cleveland, "Coronavirus cases in Cleveland climb to 1,411: Monday update," 25 May 2020 Two broken dams in midland Michigan have prompted the evacuation of more than 10,000 residents. Popular Science, "Michigan’s dam failures are just a small part of America’s aging infrastructure problem," 24 May 2020 Of the residents attending, two spoke in favor of the project, five spoke against. John Carlisle,, "Detroit neighborhood group sees gentrification as the enemy," 24 May 2020 The spike prompted authorities to test all of Wuhan's 11 million residents for COVID-19 and warn that social-distancing measures could not be relaxed. NBC News, "China records no new coronavirus cases for the first time since the pandemic began," 23 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

Cite this Entry

“Resident.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 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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