/ 5InstINkt; `InstINkt/ n ~ (for sth/doing sth); ~ (to do sth) [U, C]
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.
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.
> instinctive / In5stINktIv; In`stINktIv/ adj based on instinct; not coming from training or based on reasoning 凭本能的; 天生的; 直觉的: an instinctive fear of fire 天生怕火 * an instinctive dislike of sb 对某人出自直觉的讨厌 * an instinctive reaction 本能的反应. instinctivelyadv: I instinctively raised my arm to protect my face. 我本能地抬起手臂护着脸.