in·stinct /ˈɪnstɪŋkt/ ●●○ noun [countableC, uncountableU] INSTINCTa natural tendency to behave in a particular way or a natural ability to know something, which is not learned 本能；直觉；天性 → intuition instinct for Animals have a natural instinct for survival.
instinct to do something the human instinct to form relationships
by instinct Birds build nests by instinct.
sexual/maternal/survival instinct 性/母性/求生的本能
Her instinct told her that something was wrong.
somebody’s first instinct (=what someone feels like doing first when something happens) 某人的第一感觉 His first instinct was to rush back to Isobel.
n COLLOCATIONS ADJECTIVES/NOUN + instinct a deep/strong/powerful instinct
He bent down, obeying a deep instinct to protect himself from danger.
a natural instinct
I followed my natural instinct to run away.
somebody's first/initial instinct
His first instinct was to try and hide.
somebody's gut instinct informal (=someone's first instinct)
Her gut instinct about Jimmy had been right.
It's a natural human instinct to comfort someone who is unhappy.
It's animal instinct to attack the leader of the herd when his strength begins to fail.
a basic instinct
The need to survive is the most basic instinct that we have.
survival instinct (=an instinct to survive in a difficult situation)
Survival instinct told me to get up and run.
killer instinct (=an instinct to kill, harm or defeat someone)
The team needs to develop the killer instinct.
competitive instinct (=an instinct to compete against others and try to win)
He now channels his competitive instincts into his job.
maternal instinct (=the instinct of a mother)
Kate's maternal instinct told her to pick the child up and comfort it.
The minister's shrewd political instincts didn't let him down.
I have faith in your business instinct.
trust your instinct(s) (also rely on your instincts) (=believe that your instincts are correct)
I've trusted my instincts in the past and they've usually been right.
go on your instinct(s) informal (=trust your instincts)
I just went on my instincts and refused his offer.
follow/obey your instinct(s) (=do what your instinct tells you to do)
You should obey your instincts when dealing with strangers.
have the instinct to do something
She had the instinct to see what made people unhappy.
lack the instinct to do something
He lacked the instinct to attack another human being.
an instinct tells somebody something
Every instinct told her that he was telling the truth.