n ~ (for sth/doing sth); ~ (to do sth) [U, C]
1 natural inborn tendency to behave in a certain way without reasoning or training 本能
*Birds learn to fly by instinct. 鸟会飞是出自本能.
* Birds have the instinct to learn to fly. 鸟有飞的本能.
2 natural feeling that makes one choose to act in a particular way 直觉
*When I saw the flames I acted on instinct and threw a blanket over them. 我看见火焰时便凭直觉把一张毯子扑在火焰上.
* My first instinct was to refuse, but later I reconsidered. 最初我凭直觉加以拒绝, 但後来又重新考虑了.
* have an instinct for survival 有求生的直觉
* Trust your instincts and marry him! 要相信你的直觉, 就嫁给他吧!
* I'm afraid I gave way to my worst instincts and hit him. 真遗憾, 我一时任性打了他.
* The sight of the helpless little boy aroused her maternal instinct(s). 她看见那孤苦无助的小男孩激发了她的母性.
* (ironic 反语) have an instinct for doing or saying the wrong thing 有做错事或说错话的本领
* (fig 比喻) I'm afraid he lacks the killer instinct, ie ability to be ruthless. 我看他不够心狠手辣.
n [U and C]
1400-1500; Language: Latin;Origin:
instinctus, from instinguere 'to make someone wish to do something'
a natural tendency to behave in a particular way or a natural ability to know something, which is not learned
→intuitioninstinct for Animals have a natural instinct for survival.instinct to do sth the human instinct to form relationshipsby instinct Birds build nests by instinct.sexual/maternal/survival instinct Her instinct told her that something was wrong.sb's first instinct
(=what someone feels like doing first when something happens) His first instinct was to rush back to Isobel.
1. Birds learn to fly by instinct. 鸟会飞是出自本能.
2. All human beings have a gregarious instinct. 人类有群居的本性。