1 the physical world; plants, animals, etc.

Mother Nature's way of dealing with overpopulation

commune with

He believed in spending half an hour each day to relax and commune with nature.

be back to, get back to

We built our house in the country because we wanted to get back (= be close) to nature.

be found in

man-made substances not found in nature

endow (sb with) sth, give sb sth, provide (sb with) sth

Nature had endowed her with exceptional vitality.

produce sth

It's highly unlikely that this mound was produced by nature.

preserve (AmE), reserve
close to nature

people who live in the country and are close to nature

in nature

We appreciate beauty in nature.

the forces of nature, the laws of nature
a love of nature

His love of nature was expressed through his wildlife paintings.

let nature take its course

We can only treat the injury and then let nature take its course.

2 qualities/features of sb/sth
basic, essential, fundamental, intrinsic, real, true
exact, precise, specific

I'm not clear about the exact nature of their relationship.

limited, restrictive
changing, seasonal, temporary, transitory
uncertain, unpredictable
arbitrary, random

the subjective nature of perception

capricious, fickle
distinctive, unique, unusual

the dual nature of man as a physical and spiritual being

special, specialist (BrE)

The victim has not been identified because of the sensitive nature of the case.

unsatisfactory (esp. BrE)

the unsatisfactory nature of the meeting


People are always taking advantage of her good nature (= her kindness).


It's only human nature to want more money.

confidential, personal, private
international, local

the international nature of the business

routine (esp. BrE)

matters of a routine nature


Because of the detailed nature of the work, I have to use a very fine brush.

physical, psychological, sexual

They define sexual harassment as unwanted conduct of a sexual nature.

economic, legal, political, social

Their problems are of an economic nature.


He has an inquisitive nature.


The parties would not reveal the exact nature of the dispute.

reflect, show

The gentle lower slopes belie the true nature of the mountain.

be against, be contrary to, go against

It was against his nature to tell lies.

alter, change

This new information does not change the nature of our findings.

acknowledge, be aware of, recognize

Are you aware of the nature of the risks involved?

define, specify

It is important to define the nature of the problem.

assess, consider, discuss, examine, explore, investigate
comprehend, realize, understand

The Buddhist goal is to realize the true nature of the world.

clarify, elucidate, explain
depend on

The method employed will depend on the nature of the task.

appeal to

There was no point appealing to her better nature (= kindness).

by nature

He's not by nature an inquisitive person.

concerning the nature of

a debate concerning the nature of violence

considering the nature of, given the nature of

Given the nature of this matter, I am inclined to think it should be managed by you personally.

in nature

Their strategy was essentially political in nature.

in sb/sth's nature

It's not in his nature to complain.

A certain element of risk is in the nature of the job.

of a … nature

The legal concept of insanity is of a different nature from the medical.

by its very nature

By its very nature a secret service is not open to public inspection.

the extent and nature of sth

We need to understand the true extent and nature of the problem.

an insight into the nature of sth

His theory provides a remarkable insight into the nature of the constitution.

a part of human nature

Her view is that aggression is part of human nature.

a part of sb's nature

the expressive part of his nature

a side of sb's nature, a side to sb's nature

He had a vicious side to his nature.

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