- 1 (also Nature) [uncountable] all the plants, animals and things that exist in the universe that are not made by people the beauties of nature man-made substances not found in nature nature conservation You cannot use ‘the nature’ in this meaning:the beauties of the nature. It is often better to use another appropriate word, for example the countryside, the scenery or wildlife:We stopped to admire the scenery.We stopped to admire the nature.
- 2 (also Nature) [uncountable] the way that things happen in the physical world when it is not controlled by people the forces/laws of nature Just let nature take its course. Her illness was Nature's way of telling her to do less. see also Mother Nature character
- 3 [countable, uncountable] the usual way that a person or an animal behaves that is part of their character It's not in his nature to be unkind. She is very sensitive by nature. We appealed to his better nature (= his kindness). see also good nature, human nature, second nature basic qualities
- 4 [singular] the basic qualities of a thing the changing nature of society It's difficult to define the exact nature of the problem. My work is very specialized in nature. The future by its very nature is uncertain. type/kind
- 5[singular] a type or kind of something books of a scientific nature Don't worry about things of that nature. -natured
- 6(in adjectives) having the type of character or quality mentioned a good-natured man Word Familynature nounnatural adjective (≠unnatural)naturally adverb (≠unnaturally) Word Origin Middle English (denoting the physical power of a person): from Old French, from Latin natura