nasc-, nat-

(Latin: born, birth)

Nascentes morimur finisque ab origine pendet. (Latin proverb)
Translation: "From the moment of birth, we begin to die and the end hangs from the beginning."

An alternate meaning: "Every day, starting from birth, we die a little."

natal (adjective) (not comparable)
Relating to the time or place of birth: Lynn wanted to show her daughters her natal state of California, so they flew there to see where she was born and the house she grew up in.
naticide (s) (noun), naticides (pl)
The killing of one's own child: The article in the newspaper stated that a case of naticide had been discovered and that the police were at the house already talking to the parents.
nation (s) (noun), nations (pl)
1. An individual country combining its social and political structures: Many industrialised and wealthy nations should do their best at helping the developing nations around the world.
2. A large number of people affiliated by shared heritage, language, or culture and living in a certain country: The story on television was one that softened the hearts of the nation, especially the population living in small communities.
3. The Indian people of North America or association of peoples; ethnic group: The students read about the Shawnee nation in their history books.
4.Etymology: from Old French nacion, from Latin nationem, natio, "nation, stock, race"; literally, "that which has been born," from natus, past participle of nasci, "to be born".

The political sense has gradually taken over from the racial meaning of "large group of people with common ancestry".

national (adjective), more national, most national
1. Concerning a whole country: On certain holidays the national flag was hoisted for the day.
2. Characteristic of one certain country: When Joseph spoke, his national accent was certainly audible.
3. A structure or place, usually a building, that is either owned, fianacially supported, or controlled by a federal government: The city made plans to erect a national art gallery for the public.
nationalism (s) (noun), nationalisms (pl)
1. Patriotism: Nationalism means a love of your country with flag-waving, for example.
2. Support for the political indepedence of a certain country of people; separatism: When the U.S. became independent, certain symbols of nationalism became evident, as the flag and the National Anthem.
nationalist (s) (noun), nationalists (pl)
1. A follower or upholder of the love for a country; loyalist: Jim's neighbour seemed to be a nationalist who promoted the country's interests and totally excluded any interests of other nations.
2. An individual who supports the political independence of a certain people or country; totalitarian; extreme right-winger: Tim's uncle seemed to be a nationalist who definitely wanted to have a separate and very strong Scotland.
nationality (s) (noun), nationalities (pl)
1. The legal participation or membership of a certain state or country: One's nationality can be obtained by origin, birth, ownership, allegiance, or naturalization, and such people have a right to become citizens.

It is important in many countries that a person's nationality is stated in important documents.
2. People who have the same racial origins: The poor of many countries and nationalities strive and even fight to survive.

nationalization (s) (noun), nationalizations (pl)
1. The transfer of something that is privately owned to the ownership of the government: Nationalization has occurred when airport security switched to being conducted by the government, as well as with the railway system and some banks.
2. The act or formation of a country: In Jane's book, it mentioned that the country's character was changing into the direction of nationalization, instead of having just a local quality.
nationalize (verb), nationalizes; nationalized; nationalizing
1. To empower control or ownership of something into the hands of the government of the country: It is said that the Bank of England was nationalised back in the 1940s.
2. To make specifically national: There have been certain issues and features that have nationalised the political life of America.
nationally (adverb), more nationally, most nationally
Referring to how something is related to the entire country: The debate between the candidates was broadcasted nationally.
native (s) (noun), natives (pl)
1. An individual who was born in a certain place: Lynn is a native of California, but she doesn't live there anymore.
2. A local resident: As a native or inhabitant of Covina, Sally became quite well-known for her artistry.
3. A plant or animal that was born or exists in a certain region: Grace recommended her friend to plant natives in her garden because they would probably survive the best.
native (adjective), more native, most native
1. Regarding a person whose birth was in a specific place: Virginia was a native Californian because she was born there and grew up there.
2. Pertaining to a plant or animal of an indigenous beginning or growth; home-grown: The black bear and the redwood trees are native to America.
3. Concerning a quality that is inborn to a person; natural-born: Judy was known for her native wit and humor and she was loved by everyone!
4. Referring to a metal in its natural state: Gold normally is found as to be a pure native gold and is usually worth a lot!
natively (adverb) (not comparable)
Regarding how a person or animal does something in a natural or original way: Susan lived a long time in Germany and could speak the German language natively.
nativity (s) (noun), nativities (pl)
1. The event of one's birth: June wanted to show her daughters where she was born so they went on a trip to her place of nativity.
2. The birth of Jesus Christ: Many churchgoers love to attend their place of worship and enjoy the tradition of singing carols and listening to the story of the nativity.
3. A play depicting the birth of Jesus Christ: Tommy's parents went to church to see him as one of the donkeys in the nativity that was put on before Christmas.
4. A model or carving that shows the birth of Jesus Christ: Some teenagers wanted to repair the nativity in their church that had seemingly lost some paint and had fallen apart.

Related "birth, born, childbirth, offspring" words: abort-; feto-; lochio-; proli-; toco-, toko-.