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natural

adjective uk   /ˈnætʃ.ər.əl/ us    /-ɚ-/

natural adjective (NOT ARTIFICIAL)

B1 as found in nature and not involving anything made or done by people: a natural substance People say that breast-feeding is better than bottle-feeding because it's more natural. He died from natural causes (= because he was old or ill). Floods and earthquakes are natural disasters.Natural and artificial C1 describes an ability or characteristic that you were born with: natural beauty a natural talent for sports She's a natural blonde (= her real hair colour is blonde).Innate and congenitalGenetics describes food or drink that is pure and has no chemical substances added to it and is therefore thought to be healthy: natural mineral water natural ingredientsVarious qualities of foodNatural and artificial sb's natural mother/father/parent a parent who caused someone to be born, although possibly not their legal parent or the parent who raised themParents and children

natural adjective (EXPECTED)

B2 normal or expected: Of course you're upset - it's only natural. It's natural that you should feel anxious when you first leave home. It's quite natural to experience a few doubts just before you get married.Habitual and customary

natural adjective (MUSIC)

[after noun] (of a musical note) not sharp or flat: E naturalNotes of the musical scale

natural

noun [C] uk   /ˈnætʃ.ər.əl/ us    /-ɚ-/ informal
someone who was born with the right characteristics or abilities for doing a particular thing: She won't have any troubles learning to ride a horse - you can see she's a natural.Experts and specialists
(Definition of natural from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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