- the fundamental qualities of a person or thing; identity or essential character
- (often capital, esp when personified) the whole system of the existence, arrangement, forces, and events of all physical life that are not controlled by man
- all natural phenomena and plant and animal life, as distinct from man and his creations
- a wild primitive state untouched by man or civilization
- natural unspoilt scenery or countryside
- disposition or temperament
- tendencies, desires, or instincts governing behaviour
- the normal biological needs or urges of the body
- sort; kind; character
- against nature ⇒ unnatural or immoral
- by nature ⇒ essentially or innately
- call of nature ⇒ informal euphemistic or jocular the need to urinate or defecate
- from nature ⇒ using natural models in drawing, painting, etc
- in the nature of, of the nature of ⇒ essentially the same as; by way of
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- [uncountable] the natural world as it exists without human beings or civilization;
the elements of the natural world, as mountains, trees, animals, or rivers.
- [uncountable] the laws and principles that guide the universe or an individual.
- [countable] the native character that is part of someone or something:It is a cat's nature to keep itself clean.
- character, kind, type, or sort: [countable; usually singular]What is the nature of your business here?[uncountable;
often: in + ~]The problems are economic in nature.
- [countable] disposition; temperament:an evil nature;
a kind, loving nature.
- [uncountable] the simple or primitive condition of humankind before modern civilization:to return to nature to live.
- Idiomsby nature, as a result of inborn or inherent qualities; innately.
- call of nature, [countable] the need to urinate or defecate.
- second nature, [uncountable] a habit or way of acting or thinking that has become part of the character of a person:He has been a police officer for so long that dealing with emergencies has become second nature to him.