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nature

noun uk   /ˈneɪ.tʃər/ us    /-tʃɚ/

nature noun (LIFE)

A2 [U] all the animals, plants, rocks, etc. in the world and all the features, forces, and processes that happen or exist independently of people, such as the weather, the sea, mountains, the production of young animals or plants, and growth: her love of nature This new technique of artificially growing cells copies what actually happens in nature. a nature article/book/programmeNature the force that is responsible for physical life and that is sometimes spoken of as a person: Feeling tired-out is Nature's way of telling you to rest. Nature gave these tiny creatures the ability to reproduce quickly when food is abundant.
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nature noun (TYPE)

C1 [S or U] the type or main characteristic of something: What was the nature of his inquiry? Motor-racing is by nature a dangerous sport.be in the nature of things to be usual and expected: There are problems in every relationship - it's in the nature of things.
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nature noun (CHARACTER)

B2 [C or U] a person's character: As a child, Juliana had a very sensitive nature. [+ to infinitive] It's not really in her nature to be aggressive. He is by nature inclined to be lazy.
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