Definition of non-native in English:



  • 1Not indigenous or native to a particular place.

    • ‘By comparison, 142 native and 25 non-native species were collected by Ahles and not found during the course of this study.’
    • ‘However, reaching the solution is a complex journey that has embroiled native communities and their non-native neighbours for the past century.’
    • ‘Learn about the relationship between native yellow-legged frogs and non-native trout.’
    • ‘The flora of Pelham Bay Park is a rich assemblage of native and non-native species in one of the world's largest cities.’
    • ‘A total of 98 non-native species and 89 native species were observed in the fallow field habitat.’
    • ‘The introduction and spread of non-native fish species can have far-reaching and undesirable ecological consequences for animal and plant communities in rivers and lakes.’
    • ‘However, some native species may be less drought tolerant than non-native species.’
    • ‘However, this is not a case where there is one native parent strongly connected to his culture and one non-native parent.’
    • ‘While rock-plowing proved beneficial for planted crops, it also proved exceedingly beneficial for non-native plant species.’
    • ‘The birds have many enemies, from the red-tailed hawks who prey upon them, to humans who want them eliminated because they are a non-native invasive species in California.’
    • ‘Large numbers of natives and non-native Canadians have been attending these meetings.’
    • ‘Instead, said Adams, the non-native fish eat the native frogs and can eliminate entire populations.’
    • ‘When the U.S. annexed Hawaii, all of its citizens - native and non-native - became Americans.’
    • ‘And for a lot of students, both native and non-native, it's really an opportunity to have a greater understanding of what it means to be human.’
    • ‘These studies also support the widely held assumption that P. ramorum is an alien, or non-native, species.’
    • ‘In this control section of the river, both native and non-native fish are quickly identified, measured, weighed, and released.’
    • ‘Park rangers, who photographed the remains of the two huge reptiles, say the clash demonstrates the threat to the fragile swamplands posed by a growing population of non-native Burmese pythons.’
    • ‘Originally, the act did not distinguish between native and non-native bird species.’
    • ‘Other countries were also found to offer smaller class sizes to accommodate more attention for non-native pupils and to offer other supports not available in Irish schools.’
    • ‘People also like birds, and birds shouldn't have to fight native and non-native predators to survive.’
    newcomer, settler, incomer, new arrival, migrant, emigrant
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    1. 1.1Not having spoken the language in question from earliest childhood.
      ‘native and non-native speakers alike’
      • ‘A song which can appeal to non-native speakers is obviously going to have relatively banal lyrics.’
      • ‘More than half of the students in the district qualify for free or reduced-price lunch and nearly 30 percent are non-native English speakers.’
      • ‘These findings have further implications for other language learners, namely, non-native speakers acquiring a second language.’
      • ‘Even so, the ratio of native to non-native speakers of English is a lopsided one to three.’
      • ‘Is the point to make it clear that this is the authentic voice of a non-native speaker?’
      • ‘If you have known me for a while, you would know that I am a non-native English speaker.’
      • ‘It could also act as a lesson to non-native German speakers.’
      • ‘They had English transcripts of the Bengali songs, but pronunciation is no easy task for non-native speakers.’
      • ‘I even know of non-native speakers who work almost solely on English semantics.’
      • ‘Many of the students were non-native speakers of English.’
      • ‘Gibbon was also careful to do whatever he could to make his work accessible to non-native speakers.’
      • ‘The investigation focused on how non-native speakers use intonation to signal meaning in the structure of their discourse.’
      • ‘No longer is a non-native English speaker a secondary employee.’
      • ‘It's true that every department has some non-native speakers that are rather hard to make out, but that's not a category that we like to add to.’
      • ‘Class sizes are 15-20; and the number of non-native English speakers per class is limited.’
      • ‘Every study I have read about the purchasing habits of non-native English speakers says that people prefer to purchase goods in their native language.’
      • ‘I do agree, however, there is a lack of both non-whites, non-native English speakers, and especially women.’
      • ‘She had been studying the English language with a program designed to teach it to non-native speakers.’
      • ‘I knew I wanted to teach English in some form, either internationally or maybe to non-native speakers back here.’
      • ‘The reason is that a non-native speaker who has learned the language after his childhood uses his lip and face muscles differently even if he sounds like a perfect native speaker.’