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native

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1 belonging to a particular place by birth or origin
  • though she now lived in the Northeast, she was a native Midwesterner

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2 being such as found in nature and not altered by processing or refining
  • diamonds in their native state are not the bright, flashy gems that one might imagine

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3 being a part of the innermost nature of a person or thing
  • a native energy and ambition that would allow him to rise above his humble beginnings

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native

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1 a usually longtime resident of a locality
  • the natives seem to resent the summer tourists even though they depend upon them for their livelihood

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2 a member of the first people to inhabit a region
  • the anthropologist spent two years living among the island's natives and observing and documenting their customs and traditions

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Adjective

native, indigenous, endemic, aboriginal mean belonging to a locality. native implies birth or origin in a place or region and may suggest compatibility with it. native tribal customs indigenous applies to that which is not only native but which, as far as can be determined, has never been introduced or brought from elsewhere. indigenous plants endemic implies being peculiar to a region. a disease endemic in Africa aboriginal implies having no known others preceding in occupancy of a particular region. the aboriginal peoples of Australia

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