(noun, verb)


1. the essential qualities or characteristics by which something is recognized

- it is the nature of fire to burn

- the true nature of jealousy

Definition categories: attribute, quality

2. a causal agent creating and controlling things in the universe

- the laws of nature

- nature has seen to it that men are stronger than women

Definition categories: person, cause

3. the natural physical world including plants and animals and landscapes etc.

- they tried to preserve nature as they found it

Definition categories: object, cosmos, creation, existence, macrocosm, universe, world

4. the complex of emotional and intellectual attributes that determine a person's characteristic actions and reactions

- it is his nature to help others

Definition categories: attribute, trait

5. a particular type of thing

- he's interested in trains and things of that nature

- matters of a personal nature

Definition categories: thought, type


1. (obsolete) To endow with natural qualities.