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English definition of “instinct”

instinct

noun [C or U]     /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.Predicting things and intuitionInnate and congenitalGenetics
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