Your nature is sort of the way you are — the sum total of how you think, feel, and behave. It might be in your nature to remain calm and level-headed when faced with a difficult challenge.

Things that aren't people can also have their own nature. You might notice the frantic nature of a political debate, or you might question the nature of your brother's friendships. Nature can also refer to the physical world made up of plants and animals: what you think of as "the great outdoors." You might be a nature lover who enjoys hiking. Nature can also describe natural forces, such as the destructive elements of nature, like a tsunami or a tornado.

Definitions of nature
  1. noun
    the natural physical world including plants and animals and landscapes etc.
    “they tried to preserve nature as they found it”
    synonyms: environment
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    cosmos, creation, existence, macrocosm, universe, world
    everything that exists anywhere
  2. noun
    a causal agent creating and controlling things in the universe
    “the laws of nature
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    causal agency, causal agent, cause
    any entity that produces an effect or is responsible for events or results
  3. noun
    the essential qualities or characteristics by which something is recognized
    “it is the nature of fire to burn”
    “the true nature of jealousy”
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    an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone
  4. noun
    the complex of emotional and intellectual attributes that determine a person's characteristic actions and reactions
    “it is his nature to help others”
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    animal nature, animality
    the physical (or animal) side of a person as opposed to the spirit or intellect
    disposition, temperament
    your usual mood
    (obsolete) a combination of elements (of dryness and warmth or of the four humors) that was once believed to determine a person's health and temperament
    the tendency to associate with others and to form social groups
    aloneness, loneliness, lonesomeness, solitariness
    a disposition toward being alone
    animalism, physicality
    preoccupation with satisfaction of physical drives and appetites
    bloodiness, bloodthirstiness
    a disposition to shed blood
    heart, spirit
    an inclination or tendency of a certain kind
    a sensitive or highly strung temperament
    esprit de corps, morale, team spirit
    the spirit of a group that makes the members want the group to succeed
    having temperamental and changeable moods
    temperament or disposition
    a disposition to feel that anything less than perfect is unacceptable
    permissiveness, tolerance
    a disposition to allow freedom of choice and behavior
    restrictiveness, unpermissiveness
    a lack of permissiveness or indulgence and a tendency to confine behavior within certain specified limits
    good nature
    a cheerful, obliging disposition
    agreeability, agreeableness
    a temperamental disposition to be agreeable
    ill nature
    a disagreeable, irritable, or malevolent disposition
    an ill-tempered and offensive disposition
    cheerful compliance
    involuntariness, unwillingness
    the trait of being unwilling
    sociability, sociableness
    the relative tendency or disposition to be sociable or associate with one's fellows
    a friendly disposition
    unsociability, unsociableness
    an unsociable disposition; avoiding friendship or companionship
    an unfriendly disposition
    calm, calmness, composure, equanimity
    steadiness of mind under stress
    a temperament that is perturbed and lacking in composure
    a general disposition to expect the best in all things
    a general disposition to look on the dark side and to expect the worst in all things
    the disposition and habits of an epicure
    the disposition and habits of a gourmand
    type of:
    a distinguishing feature of your personal nature
  5. noun
    a particular type of thing
    “he's interested in trains and things of that nature
    “matters of a personal nature
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    a subdivision of a particular kind of thing
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