Foreign and Native


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Foreign adjective – Being, relating to, or characteristic of a country other than one's own.
Usage example: more Americans should take an interest in foreign languages

Native is an antonym for foreign in topics: alien, experience, domestic, irrelevant.
Nearby Word: foreigner
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Native adjective – Belonging to a particular place by birth or origin.
Usage example: though she now lived in the Northeast, she was a native Midwesterner

Foreign is an antonym for native in topics: innate, domestic.
Nearby Words: nativity, natively
Antonyms for Native
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Things that words describes

girl foreign girl native girl
woman foreign woman native woman
people foreign people native people
culture foreign culture native culture
Other nouns: land, characters, world, soil, country, language, accent, planet, city, names, gods, countries, accents, cultures, nations.

Both words in one sentence

  • Going Native There was a feeling in Britain for much of the 20th century that the foreign office was cynical and conservative and similar disappointment when Labour foreign ministers were often seen to have 'gone native'.
    Source: Going Native
  • Talk About the Weather Many British folk are a permanent example of this and many foreign and native observers have tried to rationalise their apparent obsession with the weather, to the point where anthropologists have subjected to serious study.
  • Foreign characters may pop up in fiction, but often regular characters who are not native (to the country the work is set in) tend to have native ethnicity somewhere in their family.
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