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adjective [not gradable]  us   /ˈneɪ·t̬ɪv/
of or relating to the place where you were born: This was his first visit to his native land in 30 years. Larry is a native Texan (= He was born in Texas). His native language is Spanish, but he speaks English without a trace of an accent. Someone or something native to a place was born or started to develop there: Corn is native to North America.


noun [C]  us   /ˈneɪ·t̬ɪv/
a person born in a particular place: He was a native of Indianapolis and a graduate of Indiana University. datedA native is also a person who was born and lived in a country before Europeans began to visit and live there: Raleigh wanted the cooperation of the natives and treated the Indians with respect. Note: This use is considered offensive.
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