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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.


Synonymsaboriginal


Antonymsnonnative

4. native as found in nature in the elemental form


SamplesNative copper.


Similarpure


Antonymsimpure


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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