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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/programmeThe Earth and outer space - general words Nature 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.The Earth and outer space - general words

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.Conditions and characteristics be in the nature of things to be usual and expected: There are problems in every relationship - it's in the nature of things.Habitual and customary

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 rather lazy.Mind and personalityScience of psychology and psychoanalysis
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