Definition of nature
1a : the inherent character or basic constitution (see constitution 2) of a person or thing : essence the nature of the controversyb : disposition, temperament it was his nature to look after others — F. A. Swinnerton her romantic nature
2a : a creative and controlling force in the universeb : an inner force (as instinct, appetite, desire) or the sum of such forces in an individual
3 : a kind or class usually distinguished by fundamental or essential characteristics documents of a confidential nature acts of a ceremonial nature
4 : the physical constitution or drives of an organism; especially : an excretory organ or function —used in phrases like the call of nature
5 : a spontaneous attitude (as of generosity)
6 : the external world in its entirety
7a : humankind's original or natural conditionb : a simplified mode of life resembling this condition escape from civilization and get back to nature
8 : the genetically controlled qualities of an organism nature … modified by nurture — E. G. Conklin
Examples of nature in a sentence
He devoted himself to the study of nature.
That is a color not found in nature.
Hunger is nature's way of telling you to eat.
Gravity is one of the basic laws of nature.
She's very competitive by nature.
Origin and Etymology of nature
Middle English, from Medieval French, from Latin natura, from natus, past participle of nasci to be born — more at nation
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of nature
NATURE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of nature for English Language Learners
: the physical world and everything in it (such as plants, animals, mountains, oceans, stars, etc.) that is not made by people
: the natural forces that control what happens in the world
: the way that a person or animal behaves : the character or personality of a person or animal
NATURE Defined for Kids
Definition of nature for Students
1 : the physical world and everything in it It is one of the most beautiful creatures found in nature.
2 : natural scenery or surroundings We took a hike to enjoy nature.
3 : the basic character of a person or thing Scientists studied the nature of the new substance.
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