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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 The home, located at 475 N. Howard St., Akron, is the only one of its kind in Summit County, according to Grace House Executive Director and Co-Founder Holly Klein. Megan Becka, cleveland, 15 Sep. 2021 That would be Pendleton, Oregon, home of the long-running Pendleton Round Up, being held right now and one of the most important rodeos, festivals and pageants of its kind in the world. Larry Olmsted, Forbes, 14 Sep. 2021 Amanda Marshall, one of the lawyers representing the dancers, said the claims are among the first of their kind in the state. oregonlive, 10 Sep. 2021 The firm considers sustainability a core part of its mission and successfully renovated its Sacramento offices to the living building standard culminating in a 2018 certification, the first of its kind in California. The Salt Lake Tribune, 6 Sep. 2021 In the first operation of its kind in Israel, 1-year-old twins conjoined at the head were safely separated on Thursday. Gabriela Miranda, USA TODAY, 6 Sep. 2021 Oceanside has the only amphitheater of its kind in San Diego County, said James Gilliam, an Oceanside resident since 2006 who works as the arts administrator for the city of Encinitas. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Sep. 2021 In direct opposition to the Sun Devil moniker, the university’s track & field stadium is already named the 'Sun Angel Stadium,' and is considered one of the finer facilities of its kind in the country. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 28 Aug. 2021 For the 2020 Small Rodeo of the Year — the third largest of its kind in Texas — MCR’s series finals Saturday will feature some of the top cowgirls and cowboys in the competition. Leah Waters, Dallas News, 26 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The past few months haven't been kind to NBA teams who were planning to make a big free-agent splash in 2022. Bryan Toporek, Forbes, 15 Sep. 2021 Philadelphia has been kind to bettors, owning a 5-1 ATS record in their last six games at Lincoln Financial Field. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 13 Sep. 2021 But this year hasn't been nearly as kind to Wood as the last. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, 7 Sep. 2021 Labor Day traffic should be kind to drivers, with the Georgia Department of Transportation limiting construction on major state roads. Asia Simone Burns, ajc, 5 Sep. 2021 Also, a co-writer with Joe Barton, the Academy has never been kind to science fiction, especially with a film that plays with the themes of mental illness within the genre. Clayton Davis, Variety, 2 Sep. 2021 Preseason football has not been kind to the Detroit Lions in recent years. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, 28 Aug. 2021 The charm of Saratoga Springs aside, August has not been kind to horse racing. New York Times, 27 Aug. 2021 The new millennium hasn’t been as kind to the Boyz, who have been mostly relegated to nostalgia package tours and Las Vegas residencies for the past decade or so. Cal Roach, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 14 Aug. 2021

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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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“Kind.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 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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