native native  /ˈneɪ tɪv/


  1. (n) an indigenous person who was born in a particular place
  2. (n) a person born in a particular place or country
  3. (n) indigenous plants and animals
  4. (adj) characteristic of or existing by virtue of geographic origin
  5. (adj) belonging to one by birth
  6. (adj) characteristic of or relating to people inhabiting a region from the beginning
  7. (adj) as found in nature in the elemental form


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  1. Chilies are native to South America, where people have been cultivating and trading them for at least 6,000 years.
  2. A native named Akva came stumbling into the military post at Ponthierville.
  3. The number of native children in school has almost doubled since 1953.


  1. Bayfield native gets x2018choppedx2019 x2013 literally and figuratively

    Bayfield native and chef Owen Clark made it down to one of two finalists on Food Networkx2019s reality cooking show x201cChopped.x201d The episode dubbed x201cCleaver Feverx201d aired Tuesday night. Turns out, it was Clark who inspired the episodex2019s name. In the second of three rounds, Clark was preparing a leg of lamb for...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: The Durango Herald

  2. Native American High School Students Sample University Life

    Thirty Native American high school students will get a taste of college life when they arrive at the University of California, Riverside on June 23 for the Gathering of the Tribes, the longest-running program of its kind in Southern California.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: UC Riverside

  3. Native Mainer escapes Santa Monica shooter

    SANTA MONICA, Calif. (NEWS CENTER) -- A native Mainer is among those who narrowly escaped being killed during the shooting rampage at Santa Monica College Friday.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: WCSH 6 Portland


  1. "I congratulate him on that Michigan welcomed their native son with their support," McCain added. "I said we would win in New Hampshire. We will win in South Carolina."
    on Jan 15, 2008 By: John McCain Source: Forbes

  2. "Let me just say it: We want native third-party applications on the iPhone," Jobs said.
    on Oct 17, 2007 By: Steve Jobs Source: Computerworld

  3. "Before we can make decisions about our future use of oil and gas and related decisions about protecting endangered species, native communities and the health of our planet, we need to know what's out there," said USGS Director Mark Myers.
    on Jul 23, 2008 By: Mark Myers Source: Reuters

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