Definition of 'spontaneous'
Video: pronunciation of 'spontaneous'
Example sentences containing 'spontaneous'
These examples have been automatically selected and may contain sensitive content. Read more…
There has to be some spontaneous reaction to scoring. The Sun (2011)They were enthusiastic to the point of spontaneous combustion. Times, Sunday Times (2006)Both sets drew spontaneous applause as soon as the curtain rose. Times, Sunday Times (2011)The demonstration which he helped organise was not spontaneous but planned. Times, Sunday Times (2012)It was a spontaneous act with a tin opener. Times, Sunday Times (2008)The drawing remains a permanent reminder of that spontaneous and kind gesture. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Other cases of spontaneous combustion have a weather explanation. Times, Sunday Times (2013)But again there must be a balance of both planned and spontaneous worship. Christianity Today (2000)It will kill off millions of the spontaneous acts of help and friendship that bind us to other people. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Other cases of spontaneous human combustion have been reported in various parts of the world but are extremely rare. Times, Sunday Times (2013)They are so warm and spontaneous. The Sun (2015)Then they burst into spontaneous applause. Times, Sunday Times (2014)The spontaneous gesture won much praise. Times, Sunday Times (2006)The players obviously all heard the nick - you could see that from their spontaneous reaction. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Word hasn't yet come back on whether spontaneous applause did follow. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Whether you get spontaneous applause or not, you have earned it. Training with N.L.P. (1994)Sympathy is the spontaneous reaction when sportsmen suffer the kind of experience inflicted on the England rugby team yesterday. Times, Sunday Times (2011)
Trends of 'spontaneous'
Very Common. spontaneous is one of the 4000 most commonly used words in the Collins dictionary
View usage for:
Translations for 'spontaneous'
British English: spontaneous /spɒnˈteɪnɪəs/ ADJECTIVE
Spontaneous acts are not planned or arranged, but are done because someone suddenly wants to do them.
I joined in the spontaneous applause.
- American English: spontaneous
- Arabic: عَفَوِيّ
- Brazilian Portuguese: espontâneo
- Chinese: 自发的
- Croatian: spontan
- Czech: spontánní
- Danish: spontan
- Dutch: spontaan
- European Spanish: espontáneo
- Finnish: spontaani
- French: spontané
- German: spontan
- Greek: αυθόρμητος
- Italian: spontaneo
- Japanese: 自発的な
- Korean: 자발적인
- Norwegian: spontan
- Polish: spontaniczny
- European Portuguese: espontâneo
- Romanian: spontan
- Russian: спонтанный
- Spanish: espontáneo
- Swedish: spontan
- Thai: ซึ่งกระทำเองโดยทันที
- Turkish: kendiliğinden
- Ukrainian: спонтанний
- Vietnamese: tự phát
Definition of spontaneous from the Collins English Dictionary
Collins Dictionaries for Schools
Our new online dictionaries for schools provide a safe and appropriate environment for children. And best of all it's ad free, so sign up now and start using at home or in the classroom.
Meme Ban, Heart Age & Collagin: September’s Words in the News
Catch up on the latest words in the news this September with Robert Groves.
Unlock language with the Paul Noble method
No books. No rote memorization. No chance of failure. Your chance to have a one-to-one lesson with best-selling language expert Paul Noble, try a FREE audio sample of his brand new Mandarin Chinese course.
Join the Collins community
All the latest wordy news, linguistic insights, offers and competitions every month.