from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Belonging to a place by birth.

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  • adj. being a native and inhabitant of the same place

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Born in the country specified or understood.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. belonging to a place by birth


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From native + born.


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  • Gregory Nalbone, a native-born New Yorker, whom you see here photographed from the other, more courteous direction (above), is also a bona fide model, trying to make his way in the toughest and most competitive market that exists for members of that profession, evidently with some considerable success, though not enough to be free from the modern equivalent of indentured labor at The Eagle.

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  • The reality is that we find ourselves importing talent and exporting jobs simply because we do not produce enough native-born, well-qualified scientists and engineers in our nation's universities.

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  • "So that becomes our hardest challenge — motivating the native-born to engage in U.S. society," he said.

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  • "We are ignoring the native-born Latino population," said Arturo Vargas, executive director of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, noting that a similar pattern is seen in Hispanic voting.

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  • The alien living with you must be treated as one of your native-born.

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  • The Supreme Court and the government of Hawaii says that Obama is a native-born citizen.

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  • These young people have gone to school alongside their native-born peers and in many cases have shown themselves to be outstanding scholars, athletes and entrepreneurs.

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