- na|tive1 W3 [ˈneıtıv] adj▬▬▬▬▬▬▬1¦(country)¦2 native New Yorker/population/inhabitants etc3 native language/tongue4¦(plant/animal)¦5¦(art/custom)¦6¦(natural)¦7 go native▬▬▬▬▬▬▬[Date: 1300-1400; : French; Origin: natif, from Latin nativus, from natus; NATION]1.) ¦(COUNTRY)¦ [only before noun]your native country, town etc is the place where you were born→↑home▪ They never saw their native land again.▪ He spent most of his professional life outside his native Poland.2.) native New Yorker/population/inhabitants etca person or people who come from or have always lived in a particular place3.) native language/tonguethe language you spoke when you first learned to speak▪ English is not the native language for almost half of our overseas visitors.4.) ¦(PLANT/ANIMAL)¦growing, living, produced etc in one particular place= ↑indigenous▪ Singapore has many native species of palm.native to▪ These fish are native to North America.5.) ¦(ART/CUSTOM)¦ [only before noun]native customs, traditions etc are related to people who lived in a particular country before European people arrived there▪ the native traditions of Peru▪ stalls selling native jewelry▪ native folklore6.) ¦(NATURAL)¦ [only before noun]a native ability is one that you have naturally from birth▪ her native wit7.) go nativeto behave, dress, or speak like the people who live in the country where you have come to stay or work - used humorously▪ Austen has been living in New Guinea so long he's gone native.native 2native2 n1.) a person who was born in a particular placenative of▪ a native of Switzerland2.) someone who lives in a place all the time or has lived there a long timenative of▪ He has become a native of Glasgow.3.) [usually plural] not polite a word used by white people in the past to refer to the people who lived in America, Africa, southern Asia etc before European people arrived, now considered offensive▪ He was not certain whether the natives were friendly.4.) a plant or animal that grows or lives naturally in a placenative of▪ The bear was once a native of Britain.
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.