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Definition of 'instinct'

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His natural instincts are to think about what is the next reform we should be doing. Times, Sunday Times (2016)My gut instinct is that we need to rediscover certain things that politicians are understandably reluctant to talk about. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Her first instinct is to come clean to Dan. The Sun (2016)I simply cannot switch off my competitive instincts. The Sun (2016)I rejoice in the fact that gut instinct can still conquer computers. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The football brain still is though, the natural instinct to score and assist was on display for all to see here. The Sun (2016)He has a good instinct for scoring in and around the box. The Sun (2012)The most natural human instinct in the face of peril is to fly. Times, Sunday Times (2007)We all have the same instincts as animals. The Sun (2014)They say you make your own luck in football because the top strikers always back their instincts. The Sun (2007)Your instincts are already telling you which they are. Times, Sunday Times (2008)He will need to show that he can be more secure defensively without sacrificing his attacking instincts. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Your gut instinct is always the right instinct. Times, Sunday Times (2007)Why does the reproductive instinct harbour negative feelings as well as positive ones? Times, Sunday Times (2012)You could almost hear her musical instincts locking in on the target and pressing the button. Times, Sunday Times (2007)Your first instinct is to love the guy. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Harvest time in the countryside still triggers the old instinct to share good fortune. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Our natural instinct is to shelter them. Times, Sunday Times (2012)The animal instinct shrinks and the wisdom becomes dominant. The Sun (2008)Plays by instinct and always seems to find holes in defences. Times, Sunday Times (2015)Just how much should they curb their competitive instincts? Times, Sunday Times (2009)My instinct tells me there is something really the matter with me. Elizabeth Gaskell Wives and Daughters (1864)But he lacks the attacking instincts and power compared to the welterweight elite. The Sun (2015)So tell him your fears and then trust your gut instinct. The Sun (2015)Less intellect, more instinct is the way forward. Times, Sunday Times (2014)But has all this emphasis on cognitive thinking led to a withering of our instincts, our powers of intuition? Times, Sunday Times (2008)

Synonyms of 'instinct'

natural inclination, feeling, urge, talent
intuition, feeling, impulse, gut feeling

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Translations for 'instinct'

British English: instinct /ˈɪnstɪŋkt/ NOUN
An instinct is the natural tendency that a person has to behave or react in a particular way.
...a basic instinct for survival.
  • American English: instinct
  • Arabic: غَرِيزَةٌ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: instinto
  • Chinese: 本能
  • Croatian: instinkt
  • Czech: instinkt
  • Danish: instinkt
  • Dutch: instinct
  • European Spanish: instinto
  • Finnish: vaisto
  • French: instinct
  • German: Instinkt
  • Greek: ένστικτο
  • Italian: istinto
  • Japanese: 本能
  • Korean: 본능
  • Norwegian: instinkt
  • Polish: instynkt
  • European Portuguese: instinto
  • Romanian: instinct
  • Russian: инстинкт
  • Spanish: instinto
  • Swedish: instinkt
  • Thai: สัญชาตญาณ
  • Turkish: içgüdü
  • Ukrainian: інстинкт
  • Vietnamese: bản năng

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