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 (năch′ər-ə-lē, năch′rə-)
1. In a natural manner.
2. By nature; inherently.
3. Without a doubt; surely.


(ˈnætʃrəlɪ; -tʃərə-)
1. in a natural or normal way
2. through nature; inherently; instinctively
adv, sentence substitute
of course; surely


(ˈnætʃ ər ə li, -əl li, ˈnætʃ rə li, -rəl li)

1. in a natural or normal manner.
2. by nature; innately or inherently.
3. of course; as would be expected; needless to say.


1. 'surely'

You use surely for emphasis when you are objecting to something that has been said or done.

'I can have it ready for next week.' – 'Surely you can get it done sooner than that?'
Their lawyers claim that they have not broken any rules, but surely this is not good practice.
2. 'definitely' and 'certainly'

Don't use 'surely' simply to give strong emphasis to a statement. Use definitely.

They were definitely not happy.
The call definitely came from your phone.

In British English, you don't use 'surely' when you are agreeing with something that has been said, or confirming that something is true. Use certainly.

Ellie was certainly a student at the university but I'm not sure about her brother.
'You like him, don't you?' – 'I certainly do.'

American speakers use both surely and certainly to agree with requests and statements.

'It is still a difficult world for women.' – 'Oh, certainly.'
Surely, yes, I agree with that.

Don't use 'surely' to say emphatically that something will happen in the future. Use definitely or certainly.

The conference will definitely be postponed.
If nothing is done, there will certainly be problems.
3. 'naturally'

Don't use 'surely' to emphasize that something is what you would expect in particular circumstances. Use naturally.

His sister was crying, so naturally Sam was upset.
Naturally, some of the information will be irrelevant.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.naturally - as might be expected; "naturally, the lawyer sent us a huge bill"
unnaturally - in a manner at variance with what is natural or normal; "The early Church not unnaturally adopted the position that failure to see the messianic character of his work was really caused by the people's own blindness"
2.naturally - according to nature; by natural means; without artificial help; "naturally grown flowers"
artificially, by artificial means, unnaturally - not according to nature; not by natural means; "artificially induced conditions"
3.naturally - through inherent nature; "he was naturally lazy"
4.naturally - in a natural or normal manner; "speak naturally and easily"
unnaturally - in an unnatural way; "his other arm lay across his chest, unnaturally, as if placed there deliberately, for a purpose"


1. of course, certainly, obviously, needless to say, as a matter of course, as might be expected, as anticipated, not unexpectedly We are naturally concerned about the future.
2. typically, simply, normally, spontaneously, customarily A study of yoga leads naturally to meditation.
3. inherently, instinctively, by nature, innately, congenitally, by character Some individuals are naturally good communicators.
4. easily, automatically, instinctively, effortlessly, with ease, without thinking, intuitively, by instinct Playing football was just something that came naturally to me.


In an expected or customary manner; for the most part:
Idioms: as usual, per usual.
بصورةٍ طَبيعيَّهبِطَبيعَتِهِطَبْعاًطَبيعي، طَبْعا
přirozeněsamozřejměod přírody
normálisantermészeténél fogvatermészetesen
aî eîlisfariauîvitaîeîlilega
doğal olarakdoğal şekildedoğuştantabiîtabiî ki
đương nhiên


[ˈnætʃrəlɪ] ADV
1. (= by a natural process) [happen, develop] → de forma natural
beans are naturally high in mineralslas alubias tienen de por sí un alto contenido de minerales
to die naturallymorir de muerte natural
to give birth naturallytener un parto natural
2. (= by nature) [cheerful, cautious] → por naturaleza
her hair is naturally curlytiene el pelo rizado natural
he is a naturally gifted singeres un cantante con un talento innato
playing the violin seems to come naturally to herparece que hubiera nacido sabiendo tocar el violín
I just do what comes naturallysimplemente hago lo que me sale
winning seems to come naturally to himse diría que ganar no le supone ningún esfuerzo
3. (= unaffectedly) [behave, speak] → con naturalidad, con espontaneidad
4. (= as a consequence) [follow, lead] → como consecuencia natural
5. (= obviously) → naturalmente, por supuesto
naturally, I understand your feelingsnaturalmente or por supuesto, sé cómo te sientes
"did you tell him?" - "naturally"-¿se lo dijiste? -por supuesto
naturally enoughcomo es natural, lógicamente


[ˈnætʃərəli] adv
(= of course) → naturellement
Naturally, we were very disappointed → Naturellement, nous avons été très déçus.
"naturally!" → "naturellement!"
(= in nature) [occur] → naturellement
vitamins and minerals which occur naturally in certain foods → les vitamines et minéraux présents naturellement dans certains aliments
to be found naturally in sth → être naturellement présent(e) dans qch
Iodine is found naturally in sea fish, seafood and seaweed → L'iode est naturellement présente dans les poissons de mer, les fruits de mer et les algues.
(= by nature) [gifted, optimistic, confident] → naturellement
Some people are naturally optimistic → Certaines personnes sont naturellement optimistes.
to come naturally to sb → venir naturellement à qn
[behave, react] → naturellement
(= logically) to lead naturally to sth → mener naturellement à qch


(= of course)natürlich; (= understandably)verständlicherweise
(= unaffectedly) behave, speaknatürlich, ungekünstelt
(= by nature)von Natur aus; he is naturally artistic/lazyer ist künstlerisch veranlagt/von Natur aus faul
(= not taught)natürlich, instinktiv; to do what comes naturallyseiner Natur or seinem Trieb folgen; it comes naturally to himdas fällt ihm leicht; concern for the elderly comes naturally to himdie Sorge um ältere Menschen ist für ihn selbstverständlich


[ˈnætʃrəlɪ] adv
a. (gen) → naturalmente
b. (by nature, gifted) → di natura, per natura
he is naturally lazy → è pigro per natura
my hair is naturally curly → i miei capelli sono ricci per natura
a naturally optimistic person → un ottimista per natura
it comes naturally to him to do ... → gli viene spontaneo fare...
c. (unaffectedly, behave, speak) → con naturalezza, in modo naturale
d. (of course) → naturalmente, certo


(ˈnӕtʃərəl) adjective
1. of or produced by nature, not made by men. Coal, oil etc are natural resources; Wild animals are happier in their natural state than in a zoo.
2. born in a person. natural beauty; He had a natural ability for music.
3. (of manner) simple, without pretence. a nice, natural smile.
4. normal; as one would expect. It's quite natural for a boy of his age to be interested in girls.
5. of a musical note, not sharp or flat. G natural is lower in pitch than G sharp.
1. a person who is naturally good at something.
2. in music (a sign ( ) indicating) a note which is not to be played sharp or flat.
ˈnaturalist noun
a person who studies animal and plant life.
ˈnaturally adverb
1. of course; as one would expect. Naturally I didn't want to risk missing the train.
2. by nature; as a natural characteristic. She is naturally kind.
3. normally; in a relaxed way. Although he was nervous, he behaved quite naturally.
natural gas
gas suitable for burning, found underground or under the sea.
natural history
the study of plants and animals.
natural resources
sources of energy, wealth etc which occur naturally and are not made by man, eg coal, oil, forests etc.


طَبْعاً samozřejmě naturligvis natürlich φυσικά naturalmente luonnollisesti naturellement naravno naturalmente 当然 자연히 natuurlijk naturligvis naturalnie naturalmente естественно naturligt อย่างเป็นธรรมชาติ doğal olarak đương nhiên 自然地
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Laurie comes naturally by his love of music, for he is like his mother, and I dare say his grandfather fears that he may want to be a musician.
Already the woman's naturally tall figure had begun to droop and to drag itself listlessly about.
It was not accomplished without hard work, for the gold was heavy, and Professor Bumper would not, naturally, consent to the shaving off of so much as an ear or part of the flat nose, to say nothing of one of the half dozen extra arms and legs with which the ugly idol was furnished.
As for Jim, no disappointments have been severe enough to chill his naturally romantic and ardent disposition.
They had been permitted to sit up till after the ice-cream, which naturally marked the limit of human indulgence.
I say, young gentleman, may Providence bless your undertaking, which is altogether for good; and, remember, that to outwit the knaves it is lawful to practise things that may not be naturally the gift of a white-skin.
You'll naturally stamp round and cuss a little--" He stopped in conscious consternation.
It was naturally tender, sensitive, and full of little tremors and palpitations; all of which weaknesses it retained, while her visage was growing so perversely stern, and even fierce.
I looked upon it as an evidence, in some measure, of a system naturally well balanced, and lacking no essential part of a thorough organization, that, with such associates to remember, I could mingle at once with men of altogether different qualities, and never murmur at the change.
This, naturally, was declared by several voices to give the thing the utmost price, and our friend, with quiet art, prepared his triumph by turning his eyes over the rest of us and going on: "It's beyond everything.
He seemed to take to me quite as naturally and unbiddenly as I to him; and when our smoke was over, he pressed his forehead against mine, clasped me round the waist, and said that henceforth we were married; meaning, in his country's phrase, that we were bosom friends; he would gladly die for me, if need should be.
At the middle of the forehead horizontally subdivide this upper quoin, and then you have two almost equal parts, which before were naturally divided by an internal wall of a thick tendinous substance.