kind

noun
\ ˈkīnd How to pronounce kind (audio) \

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

kind

adjective

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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Noun

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

Pick up whimsical mugs, one-of-a-kind t-shirts and more at a variety of on-site stores — or shop online. Michelle Tauber, PEOPLE.com, "How to Do Wimbledon Like Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle: The Ultimate Insiders’ Guide," 9 July 2019 At last week’s haute joaillerie showings, there was no shortage of moneyed clients reserving the one-of-a-kind jewels that represent the ne plus ultra of a luxury house’s artistry and handcraftsmanship. Laurie Brookins, The Hollywood Reporter, "The Latest Red Carpet-Ready Looks From Paris High-Jewelry Collections," 8 July 2019 Icon Global and Briggs Freeman Sotheby's International are taking offers for the one-of-a-kind Texas property. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Ranch up for sale near Texas A&M has everything from mansions to zebras," 8 July 2019 But a little more than two months short of its third birthday, things went wrong for Washington’s first-of-a-kind Asian water dragon. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "Unique water dragon dies at zoo; was born without male contribution," 6 July 2019 Kaufer commissioned Tom and Jean Eaton to create one-of-a-kind countertops and backsplashes out of granite and concrete. Mary Divine, Twin Cities, "TV designer Kelli Kaufer opens Stillwater store featuring Minnesota artisans," 3 July 2019 On July 15, Nguyen is hosting a one-of-a-kind golf event that features both a scramble tournament and a college coach’s panel luncheon. Brent Kennedy, baltimoresun.com, "With playing career taking off, Columbia's Nguyen set to host local golf event," 1 July 2019 Refuse compensation of any kind for board service, and only seek reimbursement of authorized and documented out of pocket expenses. VENDORS 12. San Diego Union-Tribune, "HOA Homefront: Transparency – Great for windows (HOA boards too)," 29 June 2019 As well as the noteworthy donation, the couple gifted the nearby St. Jude Target House with a new, one-of-a-kind playhouse. Chevaz Clarke, CBS News, ""Fixer Upper" stars Joanna and Chip Gaines donate $1.5 million to St. Jude Children's Hospital," 28 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Hey, somebody really took the time to be kind and make something special,’’ Rampersad said. Stephen Ruiz, orlandosentinel.com, "With burger, bacon and more, Florida restaurant ensures dog’s life ends happily — and with full stomach: report," 11 July 2019 Out there on the winding path, closer every day, was Ronald Sanchez Jr., tough and hopeful and kind and aching, deep into his own journey. Evan Allen, BostonGlobe.com, "The twisted, fatal journey of the accused Appalachian Trail killer," 25 May 2019 LaBeouf also had kind things to say about another one of his costars who was recently named the internet’s new boyfriend, Keanu Reeves. Alexia Fernandez, PEOPLE.com, "Shia LaBeouf on His Close Bond with Will and Jaden Smith: They've 'Always Been There for Me'," 21 June 2019 Rio de Janeiro is home to all kinds of cultures and religions, so always be kind and respectful to others. National Geographic, "See Rio like a Nat Geo Explorer," 11 Mar. 2019 Shawn decided to go with Trudeau but said nothing but kind things about Bieber. Victoria Rodriguez, Seventeen, "Shawn Mendes and Hailey Baldwin's Relationship Timeline," 27 July 2018 My father, his brother, my new Uncle Irving and new Aunt Jean are some of the kindest, nicest people who are devoted to their families and are the opposite of what their father was. Sergio Carmona, sun-sentinel.com, "Decades later, Delray man discovers half brothers," 7 June 2019 Thank you for teaching me to be kind and patient and to lead with love. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Game of Thrones Stars Emilia Clarke and Sophie Turner Shared Heartfelt Tributes to the Show in Honor of the Finale," 20 May 2019 Mother devils are kinder to the four survivors, carrying them around, attached to their teats, for a hundred days. Brian Handwerk, National Geographic, "'Bad moms' of the animal kingdom are only trying to survive," 10 May 2019

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First Known Use of kind

Noun

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

Adjective

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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kind

noun

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

kind

adjective

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

kind

noun
\ ˈkīnd How to pronounce kind (audio) \

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?

kind

adjective
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

kind

noun

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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