native Definition

  • 1belonging to a place as a permanent resident
  • 2a person born in a specified place or associated with a place by birth, whether subsequently resident there or not
  • 3innate or natural

Using native: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "native" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She is a native of New York City.

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    The native flora and fauna of the region are under threat.

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    He speaks Spanish like a native.

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    The tribe has a deep respect for their native traditions.

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    The island has a rich history of native art and culture.

native Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using native

  • to adopt the customs, dress, and lifestyle of the local people in a foreign country


    After living in Bali for a year, she had gone native and started wearing traditional clothing.

  • the language that a person speaks most fluently


    Although he had learned several languages, his native tongue was always the easiest for him to use.

  • son/daughter of the soil

    a person who is born and raised in a particular place and has a strong connection to the land and culture of that place


    As a son of the soil, he felt a deep responsibility to protect the environment and preserve the traditions of his people.

Phrases with native

  • the language that a person has spoken from earliest childhood


    Her native language is Mandarin, but she also speaks English fluently.

  • the country or region where a person was born or has lived for a long time


    He longed to return to his native land after years of living abroad.

  • native son/daughter

    a person who was born and raised in a particular place and is seen as representing that place


    He was a native son of Chicago and always spoke fondly of his hometown.

Origins of native

from Latin 'nativus', meaning 'born, innate'


Summary: native in Brief

The term 'native' [ˈneɪtɪv] refers to belonging to a place as a permanent resident, or a person born in a specified place. It can also mean innate or natural. Examples include 'She is a native of New York City,' and 'He speaks Spanish like a native.' Phrases like 'native language' and idioms like 'go native' extend its usage. Synonyms include 'indigenous' and 'local,' while antonyms include 'foreign' and 'imported.'

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