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Definition of kind

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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 Loneliest Polar Bear demonstrates how Nora and her kind are part of a much wider constellation of social and environmental issues. Katherine Cusumano, Outside Online, "How Polar Bears Became Avatars for the Climate Crisis," 28 Mar. 2021 And unlike the bamboo kind, these will last a lifetime. Andrew Nelson, WSJ, "Your Guide to Living Well in the Great Outdoors," 27 Mar. 2021 All cat probiotics contain at least one strain of beneficial bacteria, the kind that produce lactic acid in the digestive system. Michael Pollick,, "The best cat probiotic," 27 Mar. 2021 After months of remote collaboration in partnership with the New York State Health Department, Ro launched a first-of-its kind at-home vaccine program in Yonkers, an inner suburb of New York City, with around 200,000 residents. Alyssa Newcomb, Fortune, "How Ro mobilized to launch a free in-home COVID-19 vaccination program in New York," 27 Mar. 2021 Proponents pitched the fund as a first-of-its kind initiative that would provide millions of dollars to reduce carbon emissions, create jobs and promote resiliency for those facing the most severe impacts from climate change. oregonlive, "Portland’s massive clean energy fund set to bankroll first projects for communities of color, marginalized residents," 26 Mar. 2021 But exhaustion of the kind that these women contend with — the everyday burden of their unending busyness — is rarely represented in fiction. New York Times, "Tillie Olsen Captured the Toll of Women’s Labor — on Their Lives and Art," 25 Mar. 2021 It’s long, pastel hair and highlighted skin, like the kind sported by TikToker Porsha Hall. Eliza Huber,, "Mermaidcore Is Trending. But… What… Is… It?," 25 Mar. 2021 But the magic was also ingeniously interwoven with history of a more recognizable kind. James Walton, The New York Review of Books, "Infinite Quarantine," 23 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Martin — a free-improvising saxophonist, an original, and a kind and wise man — died March 18 of covid-19 at age 73. Washington Post, "A cathartic and moving farewell for D.C. jazz saxophonist Aaron Martin Jr.," 28 Mar. 2021 The Conan Doyle estate filed a lawsuit against Netflix claiming that its version of Sherlock Holmes, played by actor Henry Cavill as being kind and emotional, violated the author's copyright. Sarah Lazarus And Jane Sit, CNN, "Netflix's new show 'The Irregulars' gives the Sherlock Holmes story a supernatural reboot," 26 Mar. 2021 Bergeron has lived in Louisiana for her entire life, and is well known in her Lake Charles community for being a kind and generous spirit (and for whipping up quite the sweet potato pie!). Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Wayfair and Kelly Clarkson Gift Home Makeovers to Two Lake Charles Families Following Hurricanes Last Fall," 16 Mar. 2021 Hernandez said on Twitter that Walkup was a kind and thoughtful man. Audrey Jensen, The Arizona Republic, "Former Tucson Mayor Bob Walkup dies after battle with pulmonary fibrosis," 14 Mar. 2021 Tove pays to have a house built that has plenty of room for the children and for a remarkably kind and unsuspecting housekeeper, Jabbe. Deborah Eisenberg, The New York Review of Books, "Awful But Joyful," 9 Mar. 2021 Harry asked his stunned then-fiancé, just before the Queen was arriving to lunch), Markle said the Monarch has never been anything but kind and warm to her. Tim Chan, Rolling Stone, "‘Were You Silent or Silenced?’ The 5 Biggest Reveals from Harry and Meghan’s Oprah Interview," 8 Mar. 2021 Multiple staffers recounted verbal abuse and emotional manipulation, saying the governor was often consumed by rage and irritation toward them, only to be kind and charming in their next interactions. Anchorage Daily News, "Cuomo’s behavior created ‘hostile, toxic’ workplace culture for decades, former aides say," 7 Mar. 2021 Taking in a rescue dog is a wonderfully kind and compassionate thing to do, but the training plan needs to be flexible and adaptable based on the individual dog’s prior experiences. Jennifer Wapenski, Outdoor Life, "How to Turn a Rescue Dog, a Couch-Potato Lab, or an Off-Breed Pup into a Hunting Dog," 5 Mar. 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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The first known use of kind was before the 12th century

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“Kind.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 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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