Meaning of NATIVE in English


— natively , adv. — nativeness , n.

/nay"tiv/ , adj.

1. being the place or environment in which a person was born or a thing came into being: one's native land.

2. belonging to a person by birth or to a thing by nature; inherent: native ability; native grace.

3. belonging by birth to a people regarded as indigenous to a certain place, esp. a preliterate people: Native guides accompanied the expedition through the rain forest.

4. of indigenous origin, growth, or production: native pottery.

5. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of the indigenous inhabitants of a place or country: native customs; native dress.

6. born in a particular place or country: a native New Yorker.

7. of or pertaining to a language acquired by a person before or to the exclusion of any other language: Her native language is Greek.

8. pertaining to or characteristic of a person using his or her native language: a native speaker of English; native command of a language.

9. under the rule of natives: a native government.

10. occupied by natives: the native quarter of Algiers.

11. remaining or growing in a natural state; unadorned or unchanged: the native beauty of a desert island.

12. forming the source or origin of a person or thing: He returned to his native Kansas.

13. originating naturally in a particular country or region, as animals or plants.

14. found in nature rather than produced artificially, as a mineral substance: the difference between native and industrial diamonds.

15. Chem. , Mineral. (of metals) occurring in nature pure or uncombined: native copper.

16. belonging to a person as a birthright: to deprive a person of his native rights.

17. Computers.

a. designed for use with a specific type of computer: writing native applications for 32-bit PCs.

b. internal to a specific application program: to view the file in its native format.

18. Archaic. closely related, as by birth.

19. go native , Informal. to adopt or affect the manners or way of life of a place or environment that is different from one's own, esp. a less developed country: After living on the island for a year, we went native and began to wear the local costume.


20. one of the people indigenous to a place or country, esp. as distinguished from strangers, foreigners, colonizers, etc.: the natives of Chile.

21. a person born in a particular place or country: a native of Ohio.

22. an organism indigenous to a particular region.

23. Brit. an oyster reared in British waters, esp. in an artificial bed.

24. Astrol. a person born under a particular planet.

[ 1325-75; nativus inborn, natural, equiv. to nat ( us ) (ptp. of nasci to be born) + -ivus -IVE; r. ME natif (adj.) ]

Syn. 2. inherited, innate, inbred, congenital. 4. autochthonous, aboriginal. 11. real, genuine, original. 19. aborigine.

Ant. 2. acquired. 19. alien

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .