Definitions for nativeˈneɪ tɪv
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
being the place or environment in which a person was born or a thing came into being:
one's native land.
belonging to a person by birth or to a thing by nature; inherent:
belonging to or originating in a certain place; indigenous:
Category: Physical Anthropology
born in a particular place:
a native Chicagoan.
Category: Common Vocabulary
of or pertaining to something first acquired by a person:
one's native language.
Category: Peoples, Language/Linguistics
remaining or growing in a natural state:
the desert's native beauty.
originating naturally in a particular country or region, as animals or plants.
(of metals) occurring in nature pure or uncombined.
Computers. designed for use with a specific type of computer: internal to a specific application program:
writing native applications for 32-bit PCs.
to view the file in its native format.
Archaic. closely related, as by birth.
(n.)Sometimes Offensive.one of the people indigenous to a place, esp. as distinguished from foreigners, colonizers, etc.:
the natives of Chile.
a person born in a particular place or country:
a native of Ohio.
an animal, plant, etc., that is indigenous to a particular region.
Idioms for native:
go native, to imitate the behavior of a surrounding culture, esp. behavior that seems simple or natural.
* Usage: Definition 19 is sometimes taken to be offensive because of colonialist and racial overtones. However, definition 20 is a neutral usage.
Origin of native:
1325–75; < MF < L nātīvus inborn, natural, from nāt(us) (ptp. of nāscī to be born)
native, indigen, indigene, aborigine, aboriginal(noun)
an indigenous person who was born in a particular place
"the art of the natives of the northwest coast"; "the Canadian government scrapped plans to tax the grants to aboriginal college students"
a person born in a particular place or country
"he is a native of Brazil"
indigenous plants and animals
characteristic of or existing by virtue of geographic origin
"the native North American sugar maple"; "many native artists studied abroad"
belonging to one by birth
"my native land"; "one's native language"
characteristic of or relating to people inhabiting a region from the beginning
"native Americans"; "the aboriginal peoples of Australia"
as found in nature in the elemental form
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
having been born in a place
a native Texan
(of plants, animals, or people) having always lived in a place
the native population; plants native to the region
sb who was born in a place
a native of Mississippi
A person who is native to a place (literal or metaphoric).
She is a regular Wiki* native.
A North American Indian or Aboriginal person.
Sometimes used pejoratively against indigenous peoples by their colonizers.
Some natives must have stolen our cattle.
Belonging to one by birth.
Characteristic of or relating to people inhabiting a region from prehistoric times.
Of or relating to North American Indians or Aboriginal people.
Characteristic of or existing by virtue of geographic origin.
Many native artists studied abroad.
Which occurs of its own accord in a given locality, to be contrasted with a species introduced by man.
The naturalized Norway maple often outcompetes the native North American sugar maple.
Pertaining to the system or architecture in question.
Occurring naturally in its pure or uncombined form; native aluminium, native salt.
Origin: From natif, from nativus, from natus, ‘birth’.
arising by birth; having an origin; born
of or pertaining to one's birth; natal; belonging to the place or the circumstances in which one is born; -- opposed to foreign; as, native land, language, color, etc
born in the region in which one lives; as, a native inhabitant, race; grown or originating in the region where used or sold; not foreign or imported; as, native oysters, or strawberries
original; constituting the original substance of anything; as, native dust
conferred by birth; derived from origin; born with one; inherent; inborn; not acquired; as, native genius, cheerfulness, simplicity, rights, etc
naturally related; cognate; connected (with)
found in nature uncombined with other elements; as, native silver
found in nature; not artificial; as native sodium chloride
one who, or that which, is born in a place or country referred to; a denizen by birth; an animal, a fruit, or vegetable, produced in a certain region; as, a native of France
any of the live stock found in a region, as distinguished from such as belong to pure and distinct imported breeds
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'native' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3816
Rank popularity for the word 'native' in Adjectives Frequency: #521
Translations for native
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
where one was born
my native land.
- وَطَني، مكان المَوْلِدArabic
- natalPortuguese (BR)
- føde-; hjem-Danish
- rodno mjestoCroatian
- születési (hely), szülő(föld)Hungarian
- uppruna-, fæðingar-Icelandic
- natale, natioItalian
- tempat asalMalay
- føde-, hjem-Norwegian
- ،وطن محلیPersian
- اصلى ټاټوبىPashto
- ana, yerliTurkish
- 出生所在的Chinese (Trad.)
- quê hươngVietnamese
- 出生的Chinese (Simp.)
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