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"native" in British English

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nativeadjective

uk   /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 ​particularcountry 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 ​grownaturally in a ​place, and have not been ​brought there from ​somewhereelse: Henderson Island in the ​Pacific has more than 55 ​species of native ​floweringplants. The ​horse is not native toAmerica - 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 ​theirbasiccharacter: his native ​wit
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nativenoun [C]

uk   /ˈneɪ.tɪv/  us   /-t̬ɪv/
a ​person who was ​born in a ​particularplace, or a ​plant or ​animal that ​lives or ​growsnaturally in a ​place and has not been ​brought from ​somewhereelse: a native of Monaco The ​redsquirrel is a native ofBritain. 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 ​speaksEnglish without a ​trace of an ​accent. Someone or something native to a ​place was ​born or ​started to ​develop there: Corn is native to ​NorthAmerica.

nativenoun [C]

 us   /ˈneɪ·t̬ɪv/
a ​personborn in a ​particularplace: 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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