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Definition of "native" []

  • Existing in or belonging to one by nature; innate: native ability. (adjective)
  • Being such by birth or origin: a native Scot. (adjective)
  • Being one's own because of the place or circumstances of one's birth: our native land. (adjective)
  • Originating, growing, or produced in a certain place or region; indigenous: a plant native to Asia. (adjective)
  • Being a member of the original inhabitants of a particular place. (adjective)
  • Relating or belonging to a person or thing by virtue of conditions existing at the time of birth (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Inherent, natural, or innate (adjective)
  • Born in a specified place (adjective)
  • Originating in a specific place or area (adjective)
  • Characteristic of or relating to the indigenous inhabitants of a country or area (adjective)
  • (of chemical elements, esp metals) found naturally in the elemental form (adjective)
  • Unadulterated by civilization, artifice, or adornment; natural (adjective)
  • Related by birth or race (adjective)
  • (of an application, software, etc) designed to run on a specific platform (adjective)
  • A person born in a particular place (noun)
  • A species originating in a particular place or area (noun)
  • A member of an indigenous people of a country or area, esp a non-White people, as opposed to colonial settlers and immigrants (noun)

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Use "native" in a sentence
  • "They don't want to be a part of Taiwan so how do they have any right to any opinion on the term native Taiwanese?"
  • "Some people were urging the newspapers to drop the word native from their headlines, others found it hard to know what the hiding of the painful truth would do."
  • "Massachusetts has similar restrictions for the word "native.""