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 Karenia brevis is the naturally occurring organism that causes red tide blooms. Zac Anderson, USA TODAY, "Piney Point wastewater may fuel harmful algae bloom along Florida coast, experts say," 7 Apr. 2021 The geyser most likely spewed from a naturally occurring underground gas pocket, state officials concluded. Los Angeles Times, "The next Aliso Canyon could happen on L.A.’s Westside," 7 Apr. 2021 Phosphogypsum contains small amounts of naturally occurring radium and uranium. USA Today, "Visual explainer: How crews pumped wastewater from reservoir into Tampa Bay to hold off breach, flood in Florida," 5 Apr. 2021 Insect hotels, which have recently become popular, require careful maintenance to avoid spreading pathogens, so a safer alternative are plant stems that have died and other naturally occurring woody material. Phaedra Singelis, ABC News, "Here's how you can help save bees and other pollinators," 3 Apr. 2021 Deep snow can bury naturally occurring food sources and winter birds require additional calories during periods of bitter cold. cleveland, "Backyard birding tips: Ensure watchable wildlife, prevent feeder frustrations," 2 Apr. 2021 Recent separate findings indicate that plant leaves receiving more light have a higher density of veins, as well as a higher ratio of a naturally occurring isotope called carbon 13. Rachel Nuwer, Scientific American, "The Asteroid That Killed the Dinosaurs Created the Amazon Rain Forest," 1 Apr. 2021 Their objective: to improve forest composition, enhance wildlife habitat, and prevent catastrophic naturally-occurring wildfires by reducing leaf litter and woody debris on the forest floor. Andre Toran, The Courier-Journal, "Fighting fire with fire. Why controlled burns are vital for Kentucky's national forests," 31 Mar. 2021 The forecast for an active tornado season is being driven by a strong La Niña, a naturally occurring climate pattern that creates favorable storm conditions across the southern U.S. NBC News, "Tornado forecast: La Niña year could bring supercharged season," 24 Mar. 2021

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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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10 Apr 2021

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“Naturally.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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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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