instinct Meaning, definition in Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of "instinct" - English Dictionary

See all translations

instinctnoun [C or U]

uk   us   /ˈɪn.stɪŋkt/
C2 the way people or animals naturally react or behave, without having to think or learn about it: All his instincts told him to stay near the car and wait for help. [+ to infinitive] Her first instinct was to run. It is instinct that tells the birds when to begin their migration.figurative Bob seems to have an instinct for (= is naturally good at) knowing which products will sell.
Translations of “instinct”
in Arabic غَريزة…
in Korean 본능…
in Malaysian naluri…
in French instinct…
in Turkish içgüdü, doğal eğilim…
in Italian istinto…
in Chinese (Traditional) 本能,直覺…
in Russian инстинкт…
in Polish instynkt…
in Vietnamese khuynh hướng bẩn sinh…
in Spanish instinto…
in Portuguese instinto…
in Thai สัญชาตญาณ…
in German der Instinkt…
in Catalan instint…
in Japanese 本能…
in Indonesian naluri, insting…
in Chinese (Simplified) 本能,直觉…
(Definition of instinct from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of instinct?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More meanings of “instinct”

Definitions of “instinct” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day
hurdle

a frame or fence for jumping over in a race

Word of the Day

When’s dinner? (Words for different meals)
When’s dinner? (Words for different meals)
by Kate Woodford,
July 22, 2015
Here at ‘About Words’ we’re always happy to get ideas for posts that we could write. A reader of this blog recently asked for a post on the language of meals and we thought this an excellent idea. If you are reading this post and have an idea for a topic or

Read More 

exoskeleton noun
exoskeleton noun
July 27, 2015
a robotic device which goes around the legs and part of the body of a person who cannot walk and allows them to move independently and in an upright position The device, known as an exoskeleton, is strapped to the outside of a person’s limbs and can then be controlled by them.

Read More