Native definition

nātĭv
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Occurring in nature pure or uncombined with other substances.

Native copper.

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Natural, unaltered, or unadorned.

Native beauty.

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Existing in or belonging to one by nature; innate.

Her native intelligence.

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Inborn or innate rather than acquired.
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Occurring in a pure state in nature.

Native gold.

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Related to one as, or in connection with, the place of one's birth or origin.

One's native land, one's native language.

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Simple; natural; free from affectation.
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As found in nature; natural and not refined, adorned, or altered by man.
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Originating, growing, or produced in a certain place or region; indigenous.

A plant native to Asia.

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Of or characteristic of the natives, or indigenous inhabitants, of a place.
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(biochemistry) Of or relating to the naturally occurring conformation of a macromolecule, such as a protein.
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Living or growing naturally in a particular place or region; indigenous.
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Belonging to a locality or country by birth, production, or growth; indigenous.

A native Bostonian, plants native to Florida.

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Native land rights.

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A person born in the place or country indicated.
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An animal or plant that originated in a particular place or region.
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Occurring in nature on its own, uncombined with other substances. Copper and gold are often found in native form.
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Of or relating to the naturally occurring conformation of a macromolecule, such as a protein.
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Originating, growing, or produced in a certain place or region; indigenous.

A plant native to Asia.

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(biochemistry) Of or relating to the naturally occurring conformation of a macromolecule, such as a protein.
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Native is defined as someone born in a particular region or something that grows naturally in a region.

An example of native is a person born in New York.

An example of native is a plant that grows naturally in the forest.

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(archaic) Closely related, as by birth or race.
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Occurring in nature pure or uncombined with other substances.

Native copper.

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Being such by birth or origin.

A native Scot.

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Being a member of the original inhabitants of a particular place.
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Of, belonging to, or characteristic of such inhabitants.

Native dress; the native diet of Polynesia.

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Being one's own because of the place or circumstances of one's birth.

Our native land.

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An animal or plant that originated in a particular place or region.
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One born in or connected with a place by birth.

A native of Scotland now living in the United States.

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One of the original inhabitants or lifelong residents of a place.
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A permanent resident, as distinguished from a temporary resident or visitor.
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An original or indigenous inhabitant of a region, as distinguished from an invader, explorer, colonist, etc.
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An indigenous plant or animal.
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Pertaining to something in its original, natural form. As examples, voice and video are analog in their native forms, whereas computer-to-computer communications are digital.
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Referring to program code or an application written for a specific operating environment, such as an operating system (e.g., DOS or UNIX) or processor.
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Belonging to one by birth.

This is my native land.

English is not my native language.

I need a volunteer native New Yorker for my next joke...

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Characteristic of or relating to people inhabiting a region from prehistoric times.

What are now called "˜Native Americans' used to be called Indians.

The native peoples of Australia are called aborigines.

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(chiefly North America, also Native) Of or relating to North American Indians or Aboriginal people.
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Born or grown in the region in which it lives or is found; not foreign or imported.

A native inhabitant.

Native oysters or strawberries.

Many native artists studied abroad.

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(biology, of a species) 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.

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(computing, of software) Pertaining to the system or architecture in question.

This is a native back-end to gather the latest news feeds.

The native integer size is sixteen bits.

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(mineralogy) Occurring naturally in its pure or uncombined form; native aluminium, native salt.
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Arising by birth; having an origin; born.
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Original; constituting the original substance of anything.

Native dust.

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Naturally related; cognate; connected (with).
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A person who is native to a place (literal or metaphoric).

She is a regular Wiki* native.

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(chiefly North America, also Native) A North American Indian or Aboriginal person.
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Sometimes used pejoratively against indigenous peoples by their colonizers.

Some natives must have stolen our cattle.

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The definition of a native is a person who was born in a particular location or a person who lives in a particular location.

An example of a native to New York is a person who was born in New York.

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  • to adopt the mode of life, often one less complicated, of the native inhabitants
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
native
Plural:
natives

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of native

  • Middle English from Old French natif from Latin nātīvus from nātus past participle of nāscī to be born genə- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French natif, from Latin nativus, from natus, "˜birth'.

    From Wiktionary