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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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in the raw, in the rough

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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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in one's blood

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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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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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