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Meaning of “native” - Learner’s Dictionary

native

adjective     /ˈneɪtɪv/
BORN IN [always before noun] B2 Your native town or country is the place where you were born: It was a custom in his native Algeria. She is a native-born Texan.Innate and congenitalGenetics
LANGUAGE [always before noun] B2 Your native language is the first language you learn.Innate and congenitalGenetics
PEOPLE [always before noun] B2 relating to the people who lived in a country first, before other people took control of it: the native inhabitants/population Race and ethnicityRacial issues
ANIMALS AND PLANTS Native animals or plants live or grow naturally in a place, and have not been brought from somewhere else: a large bird native to EuropeInnate and congenitalGenetics
(Definition of native adjective from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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