Definition of naturally in English:

naturally

adverb

  • 1Without special intervention; in a natural manner.

    as submodifier ‘naturally curly hair’
    • ‘It was her belief that kids should have absolute freedom, rarely be disciplined, and be allowed to grow and develop naturally, without any undue influences.’
    • ‘My most memorable feature was my quantity of fine golden hair, naturally curly but not fuzzy.’
    • ‘Grow varieties that are naturally resistant to pest and disease.’
    • ‘There are 12 main varieties of magic mushroom growing naturally in the UK, with the main type called liberty cap.’
    • ‘Grandma was in her last fifties and was letting her hair grow gray naturally, which looked good for her.’
    • ‘Is your hair naturally curly, wavy, or straight?’
    • ‘Her naturally curly hair was in ringlets, but pulled back and tied in a messy knot.’
    • ‘Darwinism, applied to humans, predicted the fit would survive, without intervention, naturally.’
    • ‘Rhododendrons grow naturally in Bulgaria, and are considered exotic as they can only be found in the Strandja region.’
    • ‘I put on my clothes and leave my hair to dry naturally because it goes curlier that way.’
    • ‘It grows naturally in this area as a rainforest species but is becoming more popular as a home garden plant.’
    • ‘But the wrap is as light as tissue paper and it binds nerve endings together, helping them grow back naturally so patients can move their fingers again.’
    • ‘To begin with, Bulgaria does have a very old tradition of herbal medicine since a lot of herbs and plants grow here naturally.’
    • ‘The trees are known as Sydney red gum or snooze bark apple and if left to grow naturally would have tall thin trunks with a high canopy that would not hinder views.’
    • ‘It is a group that formed naturally, without external intervention but simply by virtue of their involvement and expertise acknowledged by the community.’
    • ‘‘We spend millions of dollars fighting a plant that grows naturally,’ said Matt.’
    • ‘Hinako followed in a red sweater and black pants with her hair in its naturally curly state.’
    • ‘He ran both his hands through his naturally curly hair and let out a breath.’
    • ‘She said having other women supporting mothers during pregnancy gives them more confidence in giving birth naturally, without medical intervention.’
    • ‘They have acquired the expertise in creating perfect conditions where the species can flourish and grow naturally.’
    1. 1.1 In a normal manner; without exaggeration or effort.
      ‘act naturally’
      • ‘The bond between them is so strong that helping each other comes naturally to them.’
      • ‘She is quick to admit that she is not a very outgoing person but meeting people and trying to understand them comes naturally to her.’
      • ‘In fact, publicising any aspect of her success is not something that comes naturally to this rather self-effacing woman.’
      • ‘Besides, eclecticism comes naturally to the singer, who hails from a musical household.’
      • ‘We must teach our children early in life how to be healthy so that it comes naturally to them.’
      • ‘They've been doing it so long it just comes naturally to them.’
      • ‘Singing comes naturally to Hitesh and, as a student, he was regularly winning prizes in inter-collegiate events.’
      • ‘The East / West mix comes naturally to youngsters who are the product of twin cultural influences.’
      • ‘It just comes naturally to him to think of others.’
      • ‘Today is International Left-Handed Day, which I shall celebrate by being left-handed all day (something that comes naturally to me).’
      • ‘‘It comes naturally to young people to care about the world,’ he says.’
      • ‘Women, like highly qualified airline pilots, seem to have a skill that comes naturally to them, when it comes to dealing with babies.’
      • ‘Breathing comes naturally to us, as does moving.’
      • ‘Most importantly, blogging now comes naturally to me.’
      • ‘Many others have tried it but given up in despair at mastering technology that almost comes naturally to children.’
      • ‘Zen monks are unique people - fanciful and bizarre, spontaneous action comes naturally to them.’
      • ‘As an observer of people, it is interesting to witness someone who has to study for years in order to achieve what comes naturally to another.’
      • ‘The babies with all their new-found freedom and the challenges of buoyancy, will do what comes naturally to them, surprising and delighting not just themselves but their parents too.’
      • ‘‘He's so talented it all comes naturally to him,’ she said.’
      • ‘It all comes naturally to him, and if you try to curb this by giving him instructions you destroy it.’
      normally, in a natural manner, in a natural way, unaffectedly, spontaneously, genuinely, artlessly, unpretentiously
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    2. 1.2as submodifier By nature.
      ‘a naturally bright pupil’
      • ‘Hyman says his pupil, whom he claims to be the most naturally talented runner he's ever worked with, is settling in and running outstandingly in the States.’
      • ‘Her parents also provide the kind of positive role models that really help a naturally bright youngster like Katie to succeed.’
      • ‘Very few educated Westerners would argue that men are naturally brighter, wiser, and better suited for high-paid jobs than women.’
      • ‘It should be dead, the girl thought, her naturally logical brain reeling with the implications.’
      • ‘Like many naturally bright but socially disadvantaged young men, Trevor is rebelling.’
      • ‘This way, every pupil, not just the naturally sporty ones, would have the know-how and confidence that is so lacking in the majority of adults.’
      • ‘He didn't stay at the orphanage for very long, for his naturally stable character and bright imagination made him a model child.’
      by nature, by character, inherently, innately, congenitally, instinctively
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    3. 1.3 As a logical result.
      ‘one leads naturally into the other’
      • ‘This activity leads naturally to increased internal demand in India itself, and hence to increased markets.’
      • ‘This collision of values and abilities naturally results in depression.’
      • ‘A total prohibition of force will naturally result in disobedience, because what can the oppressed do, if not fight, in the last resort?’
      • ‘I like the optimism in thinking that one would lead naturally to the other but I'm very skeptical.’
      • ‘The queuing on the minor road, which created start-stop movements, naturally resulted in more instances of break-up of vehicle images.’
      • ‘Anarchy naturally results in an escalating series of parties, during the last of which the family's home burns to the ground.’
      • ‘This transition from feudalism to capitalism naturally led to the maturing, preparation and implementation of the national movement for liberation.’
      • ‘These stories have naturally led me to ponder my own childhood memories.’
      • ‘So imprinting of X-linked genes naturally results in sexually dimorphic gene expression.’
      • ‘It was one of those fantastic brainstorming sessions, where one idea just leads naturally to the next.’
      • ‘This naturally results in a 45MB / sec hard drive requirement and a 50MB / sec graphics card requirement.’
      • ‘And an increase in supply without a corresponding increase in demand would naturally lead to a fall in prices.’
      • ‘This naturally leads to a further question: Why should governments have absolute power between elections?’
      • ‘The theoretical results presented above lead naturally to several computational applications.’
      • ‘When young students come together, the result is naturally chaos and confusion.’
      • ‘‘The gospel side of my music comes naturally from how I grew up,’ she continues.’
      • ‘The happy result of such a decision is that it leads you naturally to support the local economy and craftspeople, who are adept at working with native materials.’
      • ‘They then asked the coach to diagram a configuration that might naturally result from such play.’
      • ‘Such views naturally lead to an ‘aggressive, belligerent foreign policy’, she added.’
      • ‘This naturally resulted in a magical duel, which Crowley eventually won.’
      • ‘However, much quartersawn wood is obtained by cuffing the vertical-grained wood that naturally results from plainsawing.’
  • 2sentence adverb As may be expected.

    ‘naturally, I hoped for the best’
    • ‘When someone uses language that strong, you'd naturally expect him to have the facts to back up his words.’
    • ‘Migration to and from the city is huge, and naturally one expects crime to increase.’
    • ‘To give you the facts - I asked him to go to the disco, so I naturally expected that he devote a little bit of attention to me.’
    • ‘This has naturally resulted in a lot of parental anxiety.’
    • ‘Lisa and I backed at least two dogs between us per race, and with only six dogs in each race, I was naturally thrilled with my strike rate of one winning bet in the entire evening.’
    • ‘The result, naturally, was a crowd of customers.’
    • ‘On hearing that he would be stepping down, we naturally expected a valedictory address.’
    • ‘So naturally you would expect the designers behind MTV Skateboarding to spice up the game.’
    • ‘I don't know - though, naturally, I hope the best is yet to come.’
    • ‘He was a cross between David Niven and Spike Milligan, and you never knew what to expect, so naturally we children were always delighted to see him.’
    • ‘It may be a good idea, and naturally I hope it proves useful in solving this sad case.’
    • ‘Wishing to retain our sanity we naturally hoped and believed fervently that Simon would belong to the 50 per cent curable group.’
    • ‘And naturally I don't expect agreement on that, so there's no point in arguing it.’
    • ‘I was born into an Indian family, within which boys were preferred to girls, so naturally I grew up as a feminist.’
    • ‘The result, naturally, is that the competence of local intelligence has declined.’
    • ‘We should, naturally, expect to hear their proposals on limiting the areas of operations of our own Navy.’
    • ‘It also takes up a good deal of my time because naturally investors expect to see the chief executive.’
    • ‘Our son, Matthew, was on that trip and naturally we were very anxious when we heard the terrible news about the bombs.’
    • ‘So, naturally, I hope you will all be as relieved as I am to discover that there is an organisation who can come to your aid.’
    • ‘So, naturally, you'd expect that our neighbours would've been briefed, right?’
    • ‘So naturally I expected to buy a ticket from New London to Stamford.’
    of course, as might be expected, as one would expect, as you would expect, needless to say, not unexpectedly, as was anticipated, as a matter of course
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Phrases

  • come naturally

    • (of an action or skill) be easily accomplished, without the need for teaching or practice.

      ‘for some people creative writing may come naturally’
      • ‘Some artists abandon what they can't do well, some knock themselves out trying to master what doesn't come naturally.’
      • ‘Balan, who is 75 % blind, says massage comes naturally to him.’
      • ‘Wayne said he works very much alongside the composer with what comes naturally.’
      • ‘No, indeed, contentment does not come naturally.’
      • ‘Their gambit inspired Lewis, to whom the pursuit of social justice undoubtedly comes naturally.’
      • ‘We are living in an age where excuses come naturally.’
      • ‘Managing your own business is an enormous undertaking, often requiring skills which may not come naturally.’
      • ‘Best of all, the game fits its theme beautifully, with all the mechanics coming naturally out of the game's background.’
      • ‘Just goes to show, cooking just doesn't come naturally to me.’
      • ‘For most of the emotional scenes, I didn't use glycerin, the tears came naturally.’

Pronunciation

naturally

/ˈnatʃ(ə)rəli/