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Definition of “nature” - English Dictionary

"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 ​happenindependently of ​people, such as the ​weather, the ​sea, ​mountains, ​reproduction, and ​growth: As a ​young man he ​lovedhiking and being ​close to nature. This ​technique of ​growingcellscopies what ​actuallyhappens in nature. [U] The ​force that is ​responsible for ​physicallife 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 ​maincharacteristic (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 ​gentlesoul.
(Definition of nature from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"nature" in British English

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naturenoun

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 ​existindependently of ​people, such as the ​weather, the ​sea, ​mountains, the ​production of ​younganimals or ​plants, and ​growth: her ​love of nature This new ​technique of ​artificiallygrowingcellscopies what ​actuallyhappens in nature. a nature ​article/​book/​programmeNature the ​force that is ​responsible for ​physicallife and that is sometimes ​spoken of as a ​person: Feeling tired-out is Nature's way of ​telling you to ​rest. Nature gave these ​tinycreatures the ​ability to ​reproducequickly when ​food is ​abundant.

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  • nature noun (TYPE)

C1 [S or U] the ​type or ​maincharacteristic of something: What was the nature of his ​inquiry? Motor-racing is by nature a ​dangeroussport.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 Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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