|Origin:||Latin natura, from natus; NATION|
everything in the physical world that is not controlled by humans, such as wild plants and animals, earth and rocks, and the weather:
plants/animals etcalso Nature [uncountable]HBHE
We grew up in the countryside, surrounded by the beauties of nature.
the laws/forces of nature
The inhabitants of the island fight a constant battle against the forces of nature.
All these materials are found in nature.
Disease is nature's way of keeping the population down.
somebody's character[uncountable and countable]
a child with a happy, easy-going nature
She was by nature a very affectionate person.
I tried appealing to his better nature (=his feelings of kindness) but he wouldn't agree to help us.
Of course she's jealous - it's only human nature (=the feelings and ways of behaving that all people have).
the qualities or features that something has
qualities of something[singular, uncountable]
They asked a lot of questions about the nature of our democracy.
He examined the nature of the relationship between the two communities.
The exact nature of the problem is not well understood.
different/political/temporary etc in nature
Any government funding would be temporary in nature.
Capitalist society is by its very nature unstable.
a particular kind of thing
of a personal/political/difficult etc nature
The support being given is of a practical nature.
of this/that nature
I never trouble myself with questions of that nature.
according to the natural way things happen:
In the nature of things, there is bound to be the occasional accident.
to be similar to a type of thing:
The enquiry will be more in the nature of a public meeting than a formal hearing.
to allow events to happen without doing anything to change the results:
The best cure for a cold is to let nature take its course.
a style of living in which people try to live simply and not use modern machines:
city workers who want to get back to nature in their holidays