Meaning of NATIVE in English

NATIVE

(~s)

Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English.

1.

Your ~ country or area is the country or area where you were born and brought up.

It was his first visit to his ~ country since 1948...

Mother Teresa visited her ~ Albania.

ADJ: ADJ n

2.

A ~ of a particular country or region is someone who was born in that country or region.

Dr Aubin is a ~ of St Blaise.

N-COUNT: N of n

Native is also an adjective.

Joshua Halpern is a ~ Northern Californian.

...men and women ~ to countries such as Japan.

ADJ: ADJ n, v-link ADJ to n

3.

Some European people use ~ to refer to a person living in a non-Western country who belongs to the race or tribe that the majority of people there belong to. This use could cause offence.

They used force to banish the ~s from the more fertile land.

N-COUNT

Native is also an adjective.

Native people were allowed to retain some sense of their traditional culture and religion.

= indigenous

ADJ: ADJ n

4.

Your ~ language or tongue is the first language that you learned to speak when you were a child.

She spoke not only her ~ language, Swedish, but also English and French...

French is not my ~ tongue.

ADJ: ADJ n

5.

Plants or animals that are ~ to a particular region live or grow there naturally and were not brought there.

...a project to create a 50 acre forest of ~ Caledonian pines...

Many of the plants are ~ to Brazil.

= indigenous

ADJ: ADJ n, v-link ADJ to n

Native is also a noun.

The coconut palm is a ~ of Malaysia.

N-COUNT: N of n

6.

A ~ ability or quality is one that you possess naturally without having to learn it.

We have our ~ inborn talent, yet we hardly use it.

= innate

ADJ: ADJ n

Collins COBUILD.      Толковый словарь английского языка для изучающих язык Коллинз COBUILD (международная база данных языков Бирмингемского университета) .