Definition of native adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈneɪtɪv//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈneɪtɪv//
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  1. 1[only before noun] connected with the place where you were born and lived for the first years of your life your native land/country/city It is a long time since he has visited his native Chile. Her native language is Korean. see also native speaker
  2. 2[only before noun] connected with the place where you have always lived or have lived for a long time native Berliners
  3. 3[only before noun] (sometimes offensive) connected with the people who originally lived in a country before other people, especially white people, came there native peoples native art
  4. 4native (to…) (of animals and plants) existing naturally in a place synonym indigenous the native plants of America The tiger is native to India. native species Some animals are in danger because their native habitat is being destroyed.
  5. 5[only before noun] that you have naturally without having to learn it synonym innate native cunning
  6. Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin nativus, from nat- ‘born’, from the verb nasci.Extra examples He had to rely on his native wit. Her native language is German. His work is barely known in his native country of Sweden. I returned to my native city last year to find it little changed since my childhood. Introduced species are often a threat to native plants. It’s a long time since he visited his native Poland. The native peoples depend on the forest for their livelihoods. There are about 17 hedgehog species native to Europe, Asia and Africa. There is particular concern over the welfare of native Americans who live in the area.Idioms (often humorous) (of a person staying in another country) to try to live and behave like the local people You will be able to meet local people, eat local food and ‘go native’.
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