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

It was once known for developing biological weapons research during the Cold War Soviet era and is now one of the world’s largest research centers of its kind, CNN reported. Char Adams, PEOPLE.com, "Explosion Reported at Russian Lab Carrying Dangerous Viruses Like Ebola and Smallpox," 17 Sep. 2019 The Abqaiq processing facility in eastern Saudi Arabia is the largest in the world, according to CFRA, while the Khurais oil field is the second-largest of its kind. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Why the U.S. is less dependent than ever on Saudi oil," 16 Sep. 2019 His lawsuit is one of the first of its kind in Japan. BostonGlobe.com, "GE to buy back as much as $5b in bonds," 13 Sep. 2019 This week’s full moon — on Friday the 13th — will be the first of its kind since way back in 2006. Patrick May, The Mercury News, "Freakish fun for Friday the 13th: A full moon 13 years in the making," 12 Sep. 2019 Sudan was the last of his kind to be born in the wild, in the country he was named after. Giada Zampano, chicagotribune.com, "There are only two northern white rhinos left. But with their eggs, and sperm from dead males, scientists may be able to save the species.," 11 Sep. 2019 Sudan was the last of his kind to be born in the wild, in the country he was named after. Fox News, "Scientists create northern white rhino embryos in milestone that could save the species from extinction," 11 Sep. 2019 The action is the biggest of its kind yet against this type of digital scammers and is a strong symbol of law enforcement's sense of urgency in trying to contain a rapidly growing threat. Wired, "281 Alleged Email Scammers Arrested in Massive Global Sweep," 10 Sep. 2019 The workshop, which was held in late July, was the first of its kind offered by the Dallas Police Department. NBC News, "From Rio to Orlando, self-defense classes are catering to LGBTQ people," 10 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Which leads me to this unfortunate thought: Has there ever been a worse time in British history for Downton to barge its way in with its betweeded elbows, kind hearts, and coronets? Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Downton, Downton, Revolution," 16 Sep. 2019 There was a time when the end of a tennis match required nothing more than a firm handshake and maybe a few kind words before both players gathered their belongings and left the court. New York Times, "In Tennis, Hugging at the Net Is the New Handshake," 6 Sep. 2019 Your loyal support and kind words have helped us through this. Andrea Cavallier, NBC News, "New Mexico man Craig Cavanaugh missing since July found dead in Arizona," 29 Aug. 2019 Princess Beatrice of York, the daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, turns 31 today, and in honor of the milestone, some of her royal family members shared photos and kind words on social media. Sarah Madaus, Town & Country, "See All of Princess Beatrice's Birthday Wishes From the Royal Family," 8 Aug. 2019 Thank you so much everyone for the continued support, kind words, and positive energy. Alexa Díaz, latimes.com, "Huntington Beach woman missing in Inyo County as search enters fourth day," 15 July 2019 Still, tapping into the bustling city's desperate need for reprieve, denim brand Mother has opened up Mystical Bazaar, a one-of-a-kind pop-up shop celebrating the brand's recent launch of its Mystical capsule collection. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Get Your Tarot Cards Read at Mother's Mystical NYC Pop-Up," 13 Sep. 2019 This navigational aide is one of only three of its kind remaining in the U.S. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "To get to the 150-year-old Cana Island Lighthouse, you have to ride a wagon through Lake Michigan," 6 Sep. 2019 Please be kind to yourself and please stand up for yourself. Rachel Yang, EW.com, "Taylor Swift makes surprise announcement about new song at Teen Choice Awards," 12 Aug. 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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