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 The expansion naturally comes with a ton of interior-design capabilities, and is available as a standalone purchase for $24.99. Jennifer Zhan, Vulture, 16 Oct. 2021 The four friends are not fully at ease with one another, but eating together is one thing that comes naturally. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, 11 Oct. 2021 At that point, for Mac, the transition to manager came naturally. Jeff Ihaza, Rolling Stone, 6 Oct. 2021 Isolation comes naturally to the creative and artificially to the successful. Michael P. H. Stanley, National Review, 3 Oct. 2021 Hansen came naturally to his unique idea for the project. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3 Oct. 2021 Much of what’s in his personality that makes Campbell a talented kicker — his competitiveness, his calm, his attention to detail, his fierce deserve to prove people wrong — comes naturally. Zach Osterman, The Indianapolis Star, 1 Oct. 2021 For writer Dawn Perry, cooking what tastes good comes naturally. Adina Steiman, WSJ, 30 Sep. 2021 Using medical services naturally comes with a cost and someone has to pay that cost. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, 23 Sep. 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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19 Oct 2021

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“Naturally.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 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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