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English definition of “native”

native

adjective     /ˈneɪ.tɪv/ US  /-t̬ɪv/
B2 [before noun] relating to or describing someone's country or place of birth or someone who was born in a particular country or place : She returned to live and work in her native Japan. She's a native Californian.Custom, tradition and conformity C2 refers to plants and animals that grow naturally in a place , and have not been brought there from somewhere else : Henderson Island in the Pacific has more than 55 species of native flowering plants . The horse is not native to America - it was introduced by the Spanish .Innate and congenitalGeneticsRace and ethnicityRacial issues B2 [before noun] relating to the first people to live in an area : The Aborigines are the native inhabitants of Australia . the native population native customs and traditions → See also indigenousRace and ethnicityRacial issues your native language/tongue B2 the first language that you learn : French is his native tongue .Using other languages [before noun] A native ability or characteristic is one that a person or thing has naturally and is part of their basic character : his native wit → See also innateInnate and congenitalGenetics
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