Definition of go native in English:

go native


humorous, derogatory
  • (of a person living away from their own country or region) abandon one's own culture, customs, or way of life and adopt those of the country or region one is living in.

    • ‘entranced by this vision of social harmony, he begins to go native’
    • ‘He rejects suggestions that his almost 30 years of involvement in the region has caused him to go native, claiming it takes years even to begin to grapple with its complexities.’
    • ‘Does this bespeak the subconscious choice of a position between cultures, observing from without rather than going native?’
    • ‘That's for tourists, and these guys went native a long time ago.’
    • ‘In other regions, Norman nobles married the daughters of Irish chiefs and went native.’
    • ‘While I've gone native in many respects - honking my horn to say hello, sucking my teeth when I get annoyed, and so on - there are still things that mark me out as a foreigner.’