Translation of "instinct" - English-Spanish dictionary


noun uk /ˈɪn·stɪŋkt/ us /ˈɪn·stɪŋkt/

the force that makes people and animals do things without first thinking

It’s the mother’s instinct to protect her children.

(Translation of “instinct” from the Cambridge English-Spanish Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)


noun /ˈinstiŋkt/

a natural tendency to behave or react in a particular way, without thinking and without having been taught

As winter approaches, swallows fly south from Britain by instinct
He has an instinct for saying the right thing.
instinctive /-tiv/ adjective

arising from instinct or from a natural ability

Blinking our eyes is an instinctive reaction when something suddenly comes close to them
I couldn’t help putting my foot on the brake when I saw the other car coming towards me – it was instinctive.
instinctively adverb

The goalkeeper reacted instinctively to a fierce shot from just outside the penalty box.

(Translation of “instinct” from the PASSWORD English-Spanish Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)