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Definition 1: indigenous plants and animals - [noun denoting tops]

(native is a kind of ...) a living thing that has (or can develop) the ability to act or function independently

Definition 2: an indigenous person who was born in a particular place - [noun denoting person]

Samples where native or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the art of the natives of the northwest coast
  • the Canadian government scrapped plans to tax the grants to aboriginal college students

Synonyms for native in the sense of this definition

(native is a kind of ...) a human being

"there was too much for one person to do"

(... is a kind of native ) (formerly) a native or inhabitant of the Levant

(... is a kind of native ) a native or inhabitant of Mauritius

(... is a kind of native ) a native or inhabitant of the Philippines

(... is a kind of native ) a native or inhabitant of Russia

(... is a kind of native ) a native or inhabitant of Seychelles

Definition 3: a person born in a particular place or country - [noun denoting person]

Samples where native or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he is a native of Brazil

(native is a kind of ...) a human being

"there was too much for one person to do"

Definition 4: characteristic of or existing by virtue of geographic origin - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where native or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the native North American sugar maple
  • many native artists studied abroad

(native is similar to ...) originating where it is found

"the autochthonal fauna of Australia includes the kangaroo" "autochthonous rocks and people and folktales" "endemic folkways" "the Ainu are indigenous to the northernmost islands of Japan"

(native is similar to ...) produced in a particular country

"domestic wine" "domestic oil"

(native is similar to ...) grown or originating in a particular place

"stands selling homegrown fruits and vegetables"

(native is similar to ...) belonging to a place by birth

"a native-born Scot" "a native Scot"

Definition 5: characteristic of or relating to people inhabiting a region from the beginning - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where native or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • native Americans
  • the aboriginal peoples of Australia

Synonyms for native in the sense of this definition

Definition 6: belonging to one by birth - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where native or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • my native land
  • one's native language

(native is similar to ...) normally existing at birth

"mankind's connatural sense of the good"

Definition 7: as found in nature in the elemental form - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where native or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • native copper

(native is similar to ...) free of extraneous elements of any kind

"pure air and water" "pure gold" "pure primary colors" "the violin's pure and lovely song" "pure tones" "pure oxygen"

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