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"nature" in British English

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naturenoun

uk   /ˈneɪ.tʃər/ us   /ˈneɪ.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/programme
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.

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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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(Definition of nature from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"nature" in American English

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naturenoun

us   /ˈneɪ·tʃər/
  • nature noun (LIFE)

[U] all the animals and plants in the world and all the features, forces, and processes that exist or happen independently of people, such as the weather, the sea, mountains, reproduction, and growth: As a young man he loved hiking and being close to nature. This technique of growing cells copies what actually happens in nature.
[U] The force that is responsible for physical life is often called nature, and is sometimes spoken of as a person: Feeling stressed is Nature’s way of telling you to relax.
  • nature noun (TYPE)

[C/U] the type or main characteristic (of something): [U] The problem is delicate in nature. [C] Nothing of a secret nature can happen in that household.
  • nature noun (CHARACTER)

[C/U] the character of a person, or the characteristics a person is born with: [C] She’s always had a sunny nature. [U] She is by nature a gentle soul.
(Definition of nature from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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