nature ( natures plural )
1 n-uncount Nature is all the animals, plants, and other things in the world that are not made by people, and all the events and processes that are not caused by people.
...grasses that grow wild in nature., ...the ecological balance of nature.
2 n-sing The nature of something is its basic quality or character.
with supp, oft n N, also by/in N
Mr Sharp would not comment on the nature of the issues being investigated., ...the ambitious nature of the programme..., The rise of a major power is both economic and military in nature.
3 n-sing Someone's nature is their character, which they show by the way they behave.
with poss, also by N
Jeya feels that her ambitious nature made her unsuitable for an arranged marriage..., She trusted people. That was her nature..., He was by nature affectionate.
4 If you want to get back to nature, you want to return to a simpler way of living.
back to nature phrase PHR after v
She was very anxious to get away from cities and back to nature.
5 If you say that something has a particular characteristic by its nature or by its very nature, you mean that things of that type always have that characteristic.
by its nature phrase N inflects, PHR with cl
Peacekeeping, by its nature, makes pre-planning difficult..., One could argue that smoking, by its very nature, is addictive.
6 Some people talk about acall of nature when referring politely to the need to go to the toilet.
call of nature phrase PHR after v (politeness)
I'm afraid I have to answer a call of nature.
7 If you say that something is in the nature of things, you mean that you would expect it to happen in the circumstances mentioned.
in the nature of things phrase PHR with cl
Many have already died, and in the nature of things many more will die.
8 If you say that one thing is in the nature of another, you mean that it is like the other thing.
in the nature of sth phrase PHR n, usu v-link PHR
It was in the nature of a debate rather than an argument.
9 If a way of behaving is second natureto you, you do it almost without thinking because it is easy for you or obvious to you.
second nature phrase v-link PHR, oft PHR to n Planning ahead had always come as second nature to her..., It's not easy at first, but it soon becomes second nature.
Human nature is the natural qualities and ways of behaviour that most people have. n-uncount
It seems to be human nature to worry.
Mother Nature is sometimes used to refer to nature, especially when it is being considered as a force that affects human beings. n-uncount
...when Mother Nature created Iceland out of volcanic lava and glaciers.
Nature study is the study of animals and plants by looking at them directly, for example when it is taught to young children. n-uncount
nature trail ( nature trails plural ) A nature trail is a route through an area of countryside which has signs drawing attention to interesting animals, plants, or rocks. n-count