naturalnat‧u‧ral1 /ˈnætʃərəl/ ●●●S2W1 adjective1natureNATURALexisting in nature and not caused, made, or controlled by people → artificial, man-madethe study of the natural world (=trees, rivers, animals, plants etc)an area of spectacular natural beautynatural disasters (=things such as floods or earthquakes)death from natural causesthe need for natural light in offices2normalNORMALnormal and as you would expect opp unnatural, abnormalAt the time, accepting his offer had seemed the most natural thing in the world.it is natural (for somebody) to do somethingIt’s not natural for a child of his age to be so quiet.It’s only natural that he should be interested in what happens.It was a perfectly natural (=not surprising) mistake to make.3behaviour a naturaltendency or type of behaviour is part of your character when you are born, rather than one that you learn laterBabies have a natural fear of falling.4ability having a particular quality or skill without needing to be taught and without needing to try harda natural musicianCheryl has a natural elegance about her.his natural ability with figures5relaxedNORMALbehaving in a way that is normal and shows you are relaxed and not trying to pretendBe cool, be natural.6parent/childMBFAMILY [only before noun]a)someone’s natural parent or child is their real parent or child, who is biologicallyrelated to themAn adopted young person has the right to trace his natural parents.b)old-fashioned if someone is the natural child of someone, their parents were not married to each otherHe was rumoured to be the natural son of a duke.7realREAL/NOT IMAGINARY not connected with gods, magic, or spirits opp supernaturalI’m sure there’s a perfectly natural explanation.8 →natural justice/law9foodDFNNATURAL with nothing added to change the tastenatural yoghurt10musicAPM technical a musicalnote that is natural has been raised from a flat by one semitone or lowered from a sharp by one semitone → sharp, flat —naturalness noun [uncountable]Manufacturers now choose to emphasize the naturalness of the ingredients used in their products.THESAURUSnatural existing in nature and not caused, made, or controlled by peoplea natural lakenatural lightthe Earth's natural resourcesWe only use natural ingredients in our products.his natural hair colourwild used about flowers, plants, and animals that are not controlled by people. Also used about areas of land where there are no humansWe found some wild strawberries.wild horseswild open spacespure used about food, drink, or materials that have not had anything added to thempure orange juicepure new woolorganic used about fruit, vegetables, meat etc produced without using chemicalsorganic carrotsorganic milkorganic beauty productsunspoiled (also unspoilt British English) a place that is unspoiled is still beautiful because no one has built roads or buildings on itIt was a pleasant unspoilt village.The countryside is remarkably unspoiled.untouched [not before noun] a place that is untouched has not been affected by human activityThere are few forested areas of the world that remain untouched by humans. virgin [only before noun]virginforest or land is still in its natural state and has not been spoiled or changed in any way by humansLarge areas of virgin rainforest will be protected from destruction. He bought 14,000 acres of virgin land in Ontario.COLLOCATIONS CHECKwild flowers/plants/placesorganic food/vegetables/productsunspoiled countryside/island/beautyvirgin forest/land
naturalnatural2 noun [countable]1 →be a natural2technicala)APMa musical note that has been changed from a flat to be a semitone higher, or from a sharp to be a semitone lowerb)APMthe sign in written music that shows this kind of musical note
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natural• Gore is hardly a political natural.From Longman Business Dictionarynaturalnat‧u‧ral /ˈnætʃərəl/ adjective1not caused, made, or controlled by human beingsA series of natural disasters created huge losses for the insurance market.All our hair-care products are made from natural ingredients.2happening as a normal part of a process or situationThere is a natural career progression through the police force.The company termed the organizational changes a ‘natural evolution’ of its global business.