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instinct

noun [C or U] uk   us   /ˈɪn.stɪŋkt/
C2 the way people or animals naturally react or behave, without having to think or learn about it: All his instincts told him to stay near the car and wait for help. [+ to infinitive] Her first instinct was to run. It is instinct that tells the birds when to begin their migration.figurative Bob seems to have an instinct for (= is naturally good at) knowing which products will sell.
Translations of “instinct”
in Arabic غَريزة…
in Korean 본능…
in Malaysian naluri…
in French instinct…
in Turkish içgüdü, doğal eğilim…
in Italian istinto…
in Chinese (Traditional) 本能,直覺…
in Russian инстинкт…
in Polish instynkt…
in Vietnamese khuynh hướng bẩn sinh…
in Spanish instinto…
in Portuguese instinto…
in Thai สัญชาตญาณ…
in German der Instinkt…
in Catalan instint…
in Japanese 本能…
in Indonesian naluri, insting…
in Chinese (Simplified) 本能,直觉…
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