nat·​u·​ral·​ly | \ ˈna-chər-ə-lē How to pronounce naturally (audio) , ˈnach-rə-, ˈna-chər- \

Definition of naturally

1 : by nature : by natural character or ability naturally timid
2 : according to the usual course of things : as might be expected we naturally dislike being hurt
3a : without artificial aid hair that curls naturally
b : without affectation speak naturally
4 : with truth to nature : realistically

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Examples of naturally in a Sentence

He's naturally able to make people feel comfortable. Cats are said to be naturally curious.
Recent Examples on the Web So like jellyfish do naturally, these bionic versions might save energy by cruising at normal speed, but use short, high-powered bursts as needed. Matt Simon, Wired, "A Bionic Jellyfish Swims With Manic Speed (for a Jellyfish)," 29 Jan. 2020 The Okayama, Japan, native may have come by his talents naturally. Alicia Ault, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Japanese Artist Chiura Obata Came to Be an American Great," 29 Jan. 2020 Many coronaviruses occur naturally in bats, and the new virus is closest to four bat viruses that have surface proteins capable of infecting human cells. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, "World on alert for potential spread of new SARS-like virus found in China," 14 Jan. 2020 Bova naturally did, too, Friday in his first varsity game in the rivalry. Matt Goul, cleveland, "No. 1 St. Edward, sophomore Michael Bova emerge from ‘fog’ to beat No. 13 St. Ignatius, 61-55," 10 Jan. 2020 The Russian Five' (2018) This documentary about the charismatic quintet of Russians who were recruited to play for the Detroit Red Wings and became local heroes has had a winning streak, naturally. Julie Hinds,, "We named Michigan's 50 most essential movies. Here are 12 films that we missed.," 3 Jan. 2020 So, naturally, the ensuing decade did the complete opposite. Ben Carlson, Fortune, "For Investors, the Past Decade was a Marvellous Run. But that Tells Only Half the Story," 17 Dec. 2019 The bar is made of shou sugi ban wood and Meteorus granite from Brazil, which naturally has a branching cherry blossom pattern. Samantha Swenson, ELLE Decor, "Pacifique’s Japanese-Inspired Interiors Blend Subtlety and Elegance," 16 Dec. 2019 One starting point for people concerned about healthy eating is to consume foods that are unlikely to be hyperpalatable – items that occur naturally and have few or no additional ingredients, such as fresh fruit. Kaitlyn Rohde, The Conversation, "Why it can be hard to stop eating even when you’re full: Some foods may be designed that way," 6 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of naturally

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of naturally was in the 14th century

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9 Feb 2020

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“Naturally.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of naturally

used to describe something that happens or exists by itself without being controlled or changed by someone
used to say that something is expected or normal
: because of a quality or skill that a person or animal is born with


nat·​u·​ral·​ly | \ ˈna-chər-ə-lē How to pronounce naturally (audio) , ˈnach-rə-lē \

Kids Definition of naturally

1 : without anything added or changed : by natural character Fruit is naturally sweet.
2 : in the normal or expected way Naturally, you're tired from running.
3 : because of a quality present at birth Cats are naturally curious.
4 : in a way that is relaxed and normal Just speak naturally.

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