[ US /ˈneɪtɪv/ ]
[ UK /nˈe‍ɪtɪv/ ]
  1. characteristic of or existing by virtue of geographic origin
    many native artists studied abroad
    the native North American sugar maple
  2. as found in nature in the elemental form
    native copper
  3. characteristic of or relating to people inhabiting a region from the beginning
    native Americans
    the aboriginal peoples of Australia
  4. belonging to one by birth
    one's native language
    my native land
  1. an indigenous person who was born in a particular place
    the art of the natives of the northwest coast
    the Canadian government scrapped plans to tax the grants to aboriginal college students
  2. indigenous plants and animals
  3. a person born in a particular place or country
    he is a native of Brazil
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How To Use native In A Sentence

  • Pay particular attention to zoning in each of the alternatives proposed for your area.
  • I mean they ought to be able to reflect on possible alternative views, and some do.
  • Sodium thiopental was used by most U.S. states as part of a lethal injection combination, but many have switched to an alternative drug called pentobarbital amid an ongoing shortage. The Seattle Times
  • The heroic deeds of this brave and noble Irishman have brought honour and glory to his native land.
  • Some find it repugnant, others see them as casualties in an undeclared war that is greatly preferable to the alternative of full-scale conflict. Times, Sunday Times
  • Helen Hunt Jackson was a known activist who campaigned for the rights of the Native American Indians.
  • Alternatively, anyone can take part in the coffee morning and hold their own event.
  • But the avant-garde has found support for its imaginative approach from such sciences as biology.
  • From the early 1620s, coastal Indians supplied wampum (sacred shell beads, polished and strung in strands, belts, or sashes) to Dutch traders who exchanged it with inland natives for beaver pelts.
  • Singapore has many native species of palm.
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