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Definition of kind

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a group united by common traits or interests : category
b : a specific or recognized variety what kind of car do you drive
c : a doubtful or barely admissible member of a category a kind of gray
2 : fundamental nature or quality : essence a difference in degree but not in kind
3a : goods or commodities as distinguished from money payment in kind
b : the equivalent of what has been offered or received promised to return the favor in kind
4a archaic : nature
b archaic : family, lineage
5 archaic : manner
all kinds of
1 : many likes all kinds of sports
2 : plenty of has all kinds of time

Definition of kind (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : of a sympathetic or helpful nature was helped by a kind neighbor They were very kind to us.
b : of a forbearing nature : gentle kind treatment of animals
c : arising from or characterized by sympathy or forbearance a kind act a kind smile
2 : of a kind to give pleasure or relief cooled by a kind breeze
3 chiefly dialectal : affectionate, loving

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type, kind, sort, nature, description, character mean a number of individuals thought of as a group because of a common quality or qualities. type may suggest strong and clearly marked similarity throughout the items included so that each is typical of the group. one of three basic body types kind may suggest natural grouping. a zoo seemingly having animals of every kind sort often suggests some disparagement. the sort of newspaper dealing in sensational stories nature may imply inherent, essential resemblance rather than obvious or superficial likenesses. two problems of a similar nature description implies a group marked by agreement in all details belonging to a type as described or defined. not all acts of that description are actually illegal character implies a group marked by distinctive likenesses peculiar to the type. research on the subject so far has been of an elementary character

Examples of kind in a Sentence

Noun hawks and other birds of that kind In this city, you'll find many kinds of people. I like to try different kinds of food. She described the color as a kind of red. I think he's an accountant, financial adviser, or something of that kind. Adjective A kind old woman took the cat in and nursed it back to health. It was very kind of you to show me the way. Thank you for your kind words.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Thrilling is a digital marketplace for curated vintage and one-of-a-kind items from boutiques across the United States. Barry Samaha, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Best Online Consignment Sites to Score Vintage Fashion," 5 Jan. 2021 This is, after all, a one-of-a-kind year that will hopefully never happen again. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Ohio State under pressure to prove it belongs in Playoff semifinal," 31 Dec. 2020 Carolina Panthers was signed to the 49ers’ practice squad last week, the latest step in one-of-a-kind athletic journey. Eric Branch,, "2 Super Bowl rings, 0 snaps: 49ers’ Tyler Gaffney aims to finally realize NFL dream," 31 Dec. 2020 The outdoor court, designed by the National Fitness Campaign and costing $165,000, would be a one-of-a-kind offering in the Lincoln-Way area, said Becky Tilton, recreation supervisor for the New Lenox Park District. Alicia Fabbre,, "New Lenox plans to break ground on $165,000 outdoor fitness court near the Village Commons," 31 Dec. 2020 Airbnb and National Geographic embarked on a ground-breaking partnership incorporating key expert National Geographic Explorers, one-of-a-kind lodging, contest promotion, extensive social media integration, and even a private jet experience. National Geographic, "Airbnb," 30 Dec. 2020 Read more about the collector who has this one-of-a-kind prototype, plus a lot more in his vast (and valuable) Hot Wheels collection. Kathryn Vasel, CNN, "Career moves to make in 2021," 29 Dec. 2020 One name is all anyone needed to say — Sid — for this one-of-a-kind. Joel Rippel, Star Tribune, "Sid Hartman, Kobe Bryant and so many more: the sporting lives we lost in 2020," 28 Dec. 2020 The author of over-the-top, formulaic adventure novels, Cussler lived an over-the-top, one-of-a-kind life. oregonlive, "The departed: Heroes, celebrities and rogues, from Oregon and beyond, who died in 2020," 28 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The domestic interludes offer glimpses of Dick’s abundant charm and kind nature. Steve Dollar, Los Angeles Times, "‘Dick Johnson Is Dead’: Filmmaker’s wildly inventive take on her father’s dementia," 4 Jan. 2021 The sinewy, 6-feet-3, 165-pound Calcaterra falls under the kind category. Don Norcross, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Junior guard becomes leader for Toreros," 30 Dec. 2020 The first-of-its kind NHL schedule features four realigned divisions based on geography and limited to division play only. Brett Shweky,, "Florida Panthers reveal 56-game schedule; open season against Western Conference champions," 24 Dec. 2020 This one of a kind skincare tool features a revolutionary anti-aging all-in-one system that transforms your skin, bringing you a more youthful appearance while improving overall skin health at the same time. Popular Science, "Enjoy an extra 15 percent off on bestselling health and fitness gadgets and gizmos," 24 Dec. 2020 Thus, the character of kind-hearted, chiropractor Ben, a man nursing the challenges of a heart defect and the demons of a drinking problem, was born. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Best of 2020 (Behind the Scenes): The story behind James Marsden's unexpected return to Dead to Me," 22 Dec. 2020 The sub’s cynical, kind-hearted captain gives a drunken speech mocking Hitler, possibly so the audience will feel better about watching a thousand-hour-long movie about protagonists fighting for Hitler. Kate Knibbs, Wired, "My Year Watching Submarine Movies," 22 Dec. 2020 For example, people who regularly do small, kind acts for others feel happier up to two months later. Helen Bond, Dallas News, "Happiness hacks: 3 ways to a happier you," 4 Dec. 2020 Unfortunately, in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, venturing down to the kind kitchen of a Louisiana mamaw for a little cooking lesson is out of the question. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "This Louisiana Grandma Shares Her Recipes on YouTube With the Motto: "Pray, Cook and Repeat"," 9 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of kind


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4a


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for kind

Noun and Adjective

Middle English kinde, from Old English cynd; akin to Old English cynn kin

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The first known use of kind was before the 12th century

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20 Jan 2021

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“Kind.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of kind

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a group of people or things that belong together or have some shared quality : a particular type or variety of person or thing

English Language Learners Definition of kind (Entry 2 of 2)

: having or showing a gentle nature and a desire to help others : wanting and liking to do good things and to bring happiness to others
used to say that something does not cause harm, is not harsh or unpleasant, etc. usually + to
used to make a formal request


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Kids Definition of kind

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a group of persons or things that belong together or have something in common All kinds of people came. What kind of car does she drive?
kinder; kindest

Kids Definition of kind (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : wanting or liking to do good and to bring happiness to others : considerate a kind woman
2 : showing or growing out of gentleness or goodness of heart a kind act



Legal Definition of kind

1 : a particular type, category, or class properties of like kind — see also like-kind exchange
2a : an unconverted form a partition of property in kind broadly : a form other than money forbid a bribe in cash or in kind — see also in-kind
b : the equivalent in value repay a loan in kind

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