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kind

noun \ ˈkīnd \
Updated on: 9 Nov 2017

Definition of kind

1 a :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
3 a :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
4 a 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

Examples of kind in a Sentence

  1. hawks and other birds of that kind

  2. In this city, you'll find many kinds of people.

  3. I like to try different kinds of food.

  4. She described the color as a kind of red.

  5. I think he's an accountant, financial adviser, or something of that kind.

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Origin and Etymology of kind

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

Synonym Discussion of kind

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

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kind

adjective

Definition of kind

1 a :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

Examples of kind in a Sentence

  1. A kind old woman took the cat in and nursed it back to health.

  2. It was very kind of you to show me the way.

  3. Thank you for your kind words.

Recent Examples of kind from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of kind

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KIND Defined for English Language Learners

kind

noun

Definition of kind for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of kind for English Language Learners

  • : 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 make a formal request


KIND Defined for Kids

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kind

noun \ ˈkīnd \

Definition of kind for Students

: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?

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kind

adjective

Definition of kind for Students

kinder; kindest
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

Law Dictionary

kind

noun

legal Definition of kind

1 :a particular type, category, or class
  • properties of like kind
— see also like-kind exchange
2 a :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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