Definition of naturally in US English:



  • 1Without special help or intervention; in a natural manner.

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

    ‘naturally, I hoped for the best’
    • ‘Migration to and from the city is huge, and naturally one expects crime to increase.’
    • ‘The result, naturally, is that the competence of local intelligence has declined.’
    • ‘And naturally I don't expect agreement on that, so there's no point in arguing it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Our son, Matthew, was on that trip and naturally we were very anxious when we heard the terrible news about the bombs.’
    • ‘We should, naturally, expect to hear their proposals on limiting the areas of operations of our own Navy.’
    • ‘So naturally I expected to buy a ticket from New London to Stamford.’
    • ‘This has naturally resulted in a lot of parental anxiety.’
    • ‘Wishing to retain our sanity we naturally hoped and believed fervently that Simon would belong to the 50 per cent curable group.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So, naturally, you'd expect that our neighbours would've been briefed, right?’
    • ‘It may be a good idea, and naturally I hope it proves useful in solving this sad case.’
    • ‘When someone uses language that strong, you'd naturally expect him to have the facts to back up his words.’
    • ‘On hearing that he would be stepping down, we naturally expected a valedictory address.’
    • ‘The result, naturally, was a crowd of customers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I was born into an Indian family, within which boys were preferred to girls, so naturally I grew up as a feminist.’
    • ‘So naturally you would expect the designers behind MTV Skateboarding to spice up the game.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I don't know - though, naturally, I hope the best is yet to come.’
    • ‘It also takes up a good deal of my time because naturally investors expect to see the chief executive.’
    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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