Nature meaning

nā'chər
The essential character of a thing; quality or qualities that make something what it is; essence.
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A primitive state of existence, untouched and uninfluenced by civilization or social constraints.

When people lived in a state of nature.

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Inborn character; innate disposition; inherent tendencies of a person.
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The set of inherent characteristics or properties that distinguish something.

Trying to determine the nature of a newly discovered phenomenon.

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The power, force, principle, etc. that seems to regulate the physical universe.
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The summary of everything that has to do with biological, chemical and physical states and events in the physical universe.
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Nature is defined as the natural Earth and the things on it, or the essence of a person or thing.

The trees, forests, birds and animals are all an example of nature.

If someone is inherently evil, this is an example of a person who has an evil nature.

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A kind or sort.

Confidences of a personal nature.

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Kind; sort; type.

Things of that nature.

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A simple way of life close to or in the outdoors.

Campers getting back to nature.

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The vital functions, forces, and activities of the organs.
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Natural scenery, including the plants and animals that are part of it.
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Living organisms and their environments.
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(uncountable) The natural world; consisting of all things unaffected by or predating human technology, production and design. e.g. the ecosystem, the natural environment, virgin ground, unmodified species, laws of nature.
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What is regarded as normal or acceptable behavior.
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The world and its naturally occurring phenomena, together with all of the physical laws that govern them.
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The sum total of all things in time and space; the entire physical universe.
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The primitive state of man.
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Affectionate or kindly feeling.
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The state of humanity viewed hypothetically as unredeemed by grace.
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The fundamental character or disposition of a person; temperament.

A man of an irascible nature.

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Any or all of the instincts, desires, appetites, drives, etc. of a person or animal.
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The innate characteristics of a thing. What something will tend by its own constitution, to be or do. Distinct from what might be expected or intended.
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Conformity to that which is natural, as distinguished from that which is artificial, or forced, or remote from actual experience.
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Kind, sort; character; quality.
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Shakespeare.

Oppressed nature sleeps.

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(obsolete) To endow with natural qualities.
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The basic character or qualities of humanity.

It is only human nature to worry about the future.

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The world of living things and the outdoors.

Spent the day enjoying nature.

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by nature
  • Naturally; inherently.
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in a state of nature
  • Completely naked.
  • Not cultivated or tamed; wild.
  • Uncivilized.
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of the nature of
  • Having the essential character of; like.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

by nature
in a state of nature
of the nature of

Origin of nature

  • Middle English essential properties of a thing from Old French from Latin nātūra from nātus past participle of nāscī to be born genə- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Middle English natur, nature, from Old French nature, from Latin nātÅ«ra (“birth, origin, natural constitution or quality"), future participle from perfect passive participle (g)natus (“born"), from deponent verb (g)nasci (“to be born, originate") + future participle suffix -urus. Replaced native Middle English cunde, icunde (“nature, property, type, genus, character") (from Old English Ä¡ecynd), Middle English lund (“nature, disposition") (from Old Norse lund), Middle English burthe (“nature, birth, nation") (from Old English Ä¡ebyrd and Old Norse *byrðr). More at kind.
    From Wiktionary