second nature


Definition of second nature

: an acquired deeply ingrained habit or skill after a while, using the gearshift becomes second nature

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Examples of second nature in a Sentence

After a while, using the gearshift becomes second nature. speaking and thinking in Japanese simply became second nature to her during the years she spent in Kyoto
Recent Examples on the Web Since isolation took us out of social events for so long, sparking lively exchanges may not be second nature anymore. Danielle Bernabe, Fortune, 3 July 2021 In the first event of the team competition, Biles had attempted to do an Amanar, one of the most difficult vaults being done by women but second nature to Biles. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, 2 Aug. 2021 Accepting that challenge can become second nature and part of their real-world approach. Gregory Crawford, Forbes, 28 May 2021 For Marc Jacobs, sharing—like, really sharing—has always been second nature. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, 30 July 2021 Biles took herself out of the meet after the team’s first event, withdrawing after failing to land a vault that is second nature for her. Rachel Axon, USA TODAY, 27 July 2021 Mitchell agrees, saying rooting for the Saints and making the most of it all is second nature for Saints fans, especially during this era of uncertainty. Sarah Ravits,, 7 Sep. 2020 At each location, Ball and KSE are increasing sustainable opportunities beyond the cup by focusing on clear communication and recycling infrastructure in-venue and by urging surrounding local communities to make recycling aluminum second nature. Danielle Bernabe, Fortune, 14 June 2021 Coaches believe the easiest way to improve a team is by repeating principles and assignments in practice settings, making those actions and reactions second nature through repetition. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, 14 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of second nature

1582, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of second nature was in 1582

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26 Aug 2021

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“Second nature.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of second nature

: something you can do easily or without much thought because you have done it many times before


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