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"native" in British English

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nativeadjective

uk   /ˈneɪ.tɪv/ us   /ˈneɪ.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.
C2 used to refer 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.
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
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your native language/tongue
B2 the first language that you learn: French is his native tongue.
[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
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nativenoun [C]

uk   /ˈneɪ.tɪv/ us   /ˈneɪ.t̬ɪv/
a person who was born in a particular place, or a plant or animal that lives or grows naturally in a place and has not been brought from somewhere else: a native of Monaco The red squirrel is a native of Britain.
offensive old-fashioned someone who lived in a country, especially in Africa, before Europeans went there
(Definition of native from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"native" in American English

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nativeadjective [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.

nativenoun [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.
(Definition of native from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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