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English adjective: native

1. native characteristic of or existing by virtue of geographic origin

SamplesThe native North American sugar maple.
Many native artists studied abroad.

Similarautochthonal, autochthonic, autochthonous, domestic, endemic, homegrown, indigenous, native-born

Antonymsforeign, strange

2. native belonging to one by birth

SamplesMy native land.
One's native language.

Similarconnatural, inborn, inbred

Antonymsadopted, adoptive

3. native characteristic of or relating to people inhabiting a region from the beginning

SamplesNative Americans.
The aboriginal peoples of Australia.



4. native as found in nature in the elemental form

SamplesNative copper.



English noun: native

1. native (person) an indigenous person who was born in a particular place

SamplesThe art of the natives of the northwest coast.
The Canadian government scrapped plans to tax the grants to aboriginal college students.

Synonymsaboriginal, aborigine, indigen, indigene

Broader (hypernym)individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul

Narrower (hyponym)Filipino, Levantine, Mauritian, Russian, Seychellois

2. native (person) a person born in a particular place or country

SamplesHe is a native of Brazil.

Broader (hypernym)individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul

3. native indigenous plants and animals

Broader (hypernym)being, organism

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