na|tive1 W3 [ˈneıtıv] adj
2 native New Yorker/population/inhabitants etc
3 native language/tongue
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
They never saw their native land again.
He spent most of his professional life outside his native Poland.
2.) native New Yorker/population/inhabitants etc
a person or people who come from or have always lived in a particular place
3.) native language/tongue
the language you spoke when you first learned to speak
English is not the native language for almost half of our overseas visitors.
growing, living, produced etc in one particular place
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 folklore
6.) ¦(NATURAL)¦ [only before noun]
a native ability is one that you have naturally from birth
her native wit
7.) go native
to 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 2
native2 n
1.) a person who was born in a particular place
native of
a native of Switzerland
2.) someone who lives in a place all the time or has lived there a long time
native 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 place
native of
The bear was once a native of Britain.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.


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