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 In August, City Council approved $20.9 million in road improvements for 3.5 miles of Cascade Road, the major street that bisects the community and is the resource of many resident complaints. Anjali Huynh, ajc, 18 Oct. 2021 The incident, which occurred Sept. 24, was reported to students in the resident hall on Oct. 7., 16 Oct. 2021 Among recommendations are giving association boards the right to make special assessments for major repairs to protect resident safety without a full association vote. Brendan Farrington,, 16 Oct. 2021 An officer spoke to a resident Oct. 8 about a theft from her car that occurred Sept. 29. cleveland, 15 Oct. 2021 Shams Charania, The Athletic’s resident NBA scoophound, cracked the case. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 15 Oct. 2021 Truehold buys the home and the resident rents it back from the company. Next Avenue, Forbes, 15 Oct. 2021 Yasir Qadhi is resident scholar of the East Plano Islamic Center, one the largest mosques in North Texas. Hojun Choi, Dallas News, 8 Sep. 2021 Christine Pitts, a resident policy fellow at the Center on Reinventing Public Education and a former Portland Public Schools administrator, is tracking COVID-19 prevention practices and policies across all 50 states. oregonlive, 30 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Friday’s celebration began at 10:10 a.m. in front of a 20-foot-tall cake made of Lego bricks (topped with pyrotechnics), dancers, testimonies about the theme park and a speech by lifelong Winter Haven resident and current mayor Brad Dantzler. Dewayne Bevil,, 15 Oct. 2021 Peace Park can fuel revitalization, but directly addressing things like housing and economic mobility are crucial, said Colette Haywood, a longtime resident and vice chair of the local Neighborhood Planning Unit. Tyler Estep, ajc, 12 Oct. 2021 Her husband, longtime Los Angeles resident and Dodgers fan Douglas Emhoff, will be rooting for their opponents, his office said. Tal Kopan, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 Oct. 2021 Walker, an Essex resident and Trenton, New Jersey, native, who also teaches and coaches track at Carver, has made immediate and lasting impressions since arriving at the western Baltimore City school in 2019. Glenn Graham,, 6 Oct. 2021 Officials in Maine have identified remains found more than a decade ago as Massachusetts resident and teacher Christopher Roof, after a former student heard about the case on a true crime podcast. Christen Kelley, USA TODAY, 5 Oct. 2021 Ken, a Point Loma resident and 1980 SDSU alum, will continue the family’s 70-year tradition of owning season tickets. San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Oct. 2021 Boynton Beach resident and senior high school student Harrison Calder has participated in the sports broadcasting program since his freshman year. Alex Kushel,, 1 Oct. 2021 To Ben Weber, a Westerly resident and shoreline rights activist, Spring Avenue extension is just one issue in Westerly, and in Rhode Island, that needs to be addressed., 30 Sep. 2021

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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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“Resident.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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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 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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