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

denizen, dweller, habitant, inhabitant, inhabiter, occupant, resider, tenant

Antonyms: Noun


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Examples of resident in a Sentence


Several tribes are resident in this part of the country.

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Carmen also added that there may be a situation in which a grandmother brings her own non-resident daughter -- the mother of her grandchildren -- to help watch the non-resident children., "Beachwood Aquatic Center fees to stay same; grandparents had sought discount," 8 June 2019 The culture is holistic and cares about everyone: residents, resident families, employees, vendors. Terry Demio,, "Top Workplaces Cincinnati: Which firms have been on the list all 10 years?," 6 June 2019 About 53% of registered voters in Cotabato identify as Christian and the remainder are Muslim, said Ms. Guiani-Sayadi, though the city’s resident population is majority Muslim. Jake Maxwell Watts, WSJ, "Philippine Vote on Muslim Self-Rule Puts Christians on Edge," 21 Jan. 2019 While Nate was making a name for himself with his own TV show and design firm, Jeremiah was working as resident interior designer for none other than Oprah on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "A Brief Timeline of Nate Berkus & Jeremiah Brent's Relationship," 3 May 2019 Under the proposal, if a resident challenges the accuracy of charges and the city learns that its meter reading is correct, an extra $10 charge would be tacked on that customer's bills. Jaimy Jones, Houston Chronicle, "City of Friendswood considers fees on credit card payments," 23 Jan. 2018 For Wright, empowerment was similarly written into the character of Shuri, Wakanda's resident millennial tech genius. Jen Yamato,, "Warrior, scientist, superspy, queen: How 'Black Panther' brings strong, complex women to Marvel," 31 Jan. 2018 And yes, in true New Mexico form, there is a ranch—a horse ranch!—run by its resident Horse Lady, who offers her guests a true glimpse into the rustic lifestyle by way of equine therapy, home-cooked meals, and their very own adobe-style fireplace. Alison Beckner, Vogue, "Why New Mexico Is the West Coast’s Best (and Most Overlooked) Wellness Retreat," 29 Sep. 2018 Court documents describe the Fontana, Calif., resident’s months-long impersonation, from its inception after an argument with his ex-wife to its unraveling following a traffic stop. Marwa Eltagouri, Washington Post, "A man posed for months as an ICE agent. A traffic stop led his girlfriend to unravel the truth.," 22 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Katy City Council in a 5-0 vote on March 25 tabled the payment after questions were raised about the project being completed, residents being unhappy with the work and the project being delayed. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "Video cameras coming to Katy City Council?," 24 June 2019 Oaklawn, a Christian health-care organization, will offer residents transportation, as well as mental- and physical-health resources. Charles Bethea, The New Yorker, "What Pete Buttigieg Has and Hasn’t Done About Homelessness in South Bend," 24 June 2019 Texas does not charge residents a state income tax. The Economist, "Business, tax and regulationMany people are moving from California to Texas," 21 June 2019 Sheriff Mike Borkovich said the bear is mostly likely still in the area, but residents around Leelanau County are used to seeing the animals this time of year. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "Bear cools off during swim in northern Michigan bay," 21 June 2019 The fighting continues and residents are forced to flee the city of Gori. Akeem Glaspie, Indianapolis Star, "Why Pacers fans should expect Goga Bitadze to succeed no matter what they thought of pick," 21 June 2019 Once residents have been given ample time to move into the safe location, an overnight parking ban will be enforced on their street, Schaaf said. Sarah Ravani,, "Oakland opens Bay Area’s first 24/7 safe parking area for homeless RV dwellers," 21 June 2019 Nearby residents were asked to shelter in place, and roads around the complex were closed to traffic. Dallas News, "Dallas company owns stake in Philadelphia refinery where explosion occurred," 21 June 2019 With the reservoirs dwindling, Chennai residents are being forced to find water. Paul P. Murphy, CNN, "Chennai, India, is almost out of water. Satellite images show its nearly bone-dry reservoirs," 20 June 2019

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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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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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