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nature

noun  /ˈneɪ·tʃər/ us  

nature noun (LIFE)

[U] all the animals and plants in the world and all the features, forces, and processes that exist or happen independently of people, such as the weather, the sea, mountains, reproduction, and growth: As a young man he loved hiking and being close to nature. This technique of growing cells copies what actually happens in nature. [U] The force that is responsible for physical life is often called nature, and is sometimes spoken of as a person: Feeling stressed is Nature’s way of telling you to relax.

nature noun (TYPE)

[C/U] the type or main characteristic (of something): [U] The problem is delicate in nature. [C] Nothing of a secret nature can happen in that household.

nature noun (CHARACTER)

[C/U] the character of a person, or the characteristics a person is born with: [C] She’s always had a sunny nature. [U] She is by nature a gentle soul.
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