nature

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 /ˈneɪtʃəʳ/


WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
na•ture /ˈneɪtʃɚ/USA pronunciation  n. 
  1. [uncountable] the natural world as it exists without human beings or civilization;
    the elements of the natural world, as mountains, trees, animals, or rivers.
  2. [uncountable] the laws and principles that guide the universe or an individual.
  3. [countable] the native character that is part of someone or something:It is a cat's nature to keep itself clean.
  4. 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.
  5. [countable] disposition; temperament:an evil nature;
    a kind, loving nature.
  6. [uncountable] the simple or primitive condition of humankind before modern civilization:to return to nature to live.
idiom
  1. by nature, as a result of inborn or inherent qualities; innately.
  2. call of nature, [countable] the need to urinate or defecate.
  3. 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.

See -nat-.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

nature /ˈneɪtʃə/ n
  1. the fundamental qualities of a person or thing; identity or essential character
  2. (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
  3. all natural phenomena and plant and animal life, as distinct from man and his creations
  4. a wild primitive state untouched by man or civilization
  5. natural unspoilt scenery or countryside
  6. disposition or temperament
  7. tendencies, desires, or instincts governing behaviour
  8. the normal biological needs or urges of the body
  9. sort; kind; character
  10. against natureunnatural or immoral
  11. by natureessentially or innately
  12. call of natureinformal euphemistic or jocular the need to urinate or defecate
  13. from natureusing natural models in drawing, painting, etc
  14. in the nature of, of the nature ofessentially the same as; by way of
Etymology: 13th Century: via Old French from Latin nātūra, from nātus, past participle of nascī to be born



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