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 Citric Acid, a naturally occurring element in citrus fruit has been manufactured commercially since the early 20th century. Charlyne Mattox, Country Living, "How to Clean an Electric Kettle," 17 Mar. 2020 Fans noticed a mysterious man in the background who happened to look a lot like Weber, and naturally, Bachelor Nation did some homework. Lydia Wang,, "The Bachelor Producer Peter Weber Was Rumored To End Up With Breaks Her Silence," 14 Mar. 2020 On the Shinnecock’s beach, facing Shinnecock Bay and the barrier island out in front, the sands have shifted over the years, as sands naturally do. Somini Sengupta, New York Times, "The Original Long Islanders Fight to Save Their Land From a Rising Sea," 5 Mar. 2020 And yet, other studies still suggest higher levels of naturally occurring fossil methane, argues Stefan Schwietzke, a researcher with the Environmental Defense Fund. Chris Mooney, Anchorage Daily News, "Methane is a hard-hitting greenhouse gas. Scientists say we’ve dramatically underestimated how much we’re emitting.," 19 Feb. 2020 In 2004, a highly pathogenic form of avian influenza, H5N1, which occurs naturally in wild waterfowl but can spread easily to domestic poultry, leaped from chickens to humans, setting off a frightening epidemic. Michael Specter, The New Yorker, "The New Coronavirus and Preparing for the Next Viral Pandemic," 15 Feb. 2020 This metal occurs naturally in Earth’s crust and is thought to have leached into the oceans in greater concentrations after sea level rise covered more land. Ian Randall, Science | AAAS, "The real ‘paleo diet’ may have been full of toxic metals," 14 Feb. 2020 This has also led to an uptick in the use of natural sleep aids like melatonin, a naturally-occurring hormone that helps the body regulate sleep. Seth King, Quartz, "Could a little-known cannabinoid upend the natural sleep-aid market?," 6 Feb. 2020 In Zambia, in September 2011, scores of hippos died of anthrax, a bacteria occurring naturally in soil. Melody Schreiber, The New Republic, "A Better Way to Stop Coronaviruses," 29 Jan. 2020

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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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22 Mar 2020

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“Naturally.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Apr. 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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