kind

noun
\ˈkīnd \

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

But Walker suggests that theoretical physicists could discover new kinds signatures to look for. Hanneke Weitering, Scientific American, "How Theoretical Physicists Can Help Find Aliens," 28 June 2018 The digital cat-breeding app allows users to create one-of-a-kind, 100% owned by you cryptocollectibles that cannot be replicated, taken away, or destroyed. Carson Kessler, Fortune, "CryptoKitties Mobile App to Debut on HTC's Flagship Phone," 11 July 2018 The one-of-a-kind 1958 Bentley was barely recognizable as a car when Michigan resident Jim George heard about it. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Saddam Hussein’s 1958 Bentley stars at Concours d'Elegance of America," 11 July 2018 Surprisingly, that is, until one hears this one-of-a-kind valedictory performance (it can be streamed on the BBC Radio 3 website until July 20). Mark Swed, latimes.com, "As a conductor, composer and man, Oliver Knussen was larger than life," 10 July 2018 The firm’s scent director, Dawn Goldworm, will collaborate with the buyers on a one-of-a-kind scent that can be diffused through the unit’s HVAC system into the residence, or integrated into perfume or candles. Robyn A. Friedman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "$29 million condo in Sunny Isles Beach comes with its own custom 'scent identity'," 9 July 2018 That’s a one-of-a-kind slide requiring elite body control. Tom Verducci, SI.com, "Nine Innings: How Bryce Harper Is Trying to Revive His Season, What We Learned in the First Half and More," 9 July 2018 Amy Rausch and Nicole Schmid like to stand at the edge of their flea markets to watch customers peruse items, chat with vendors and walk away with smiles and one-of-a-kind purchases. Washington Post, "Best friends take First State Flea market on the road," 6 July 2018 Refinery29's Anomaly takes an intimate look at extraordinary, one-of-a-kind individuals. refinery29.com, "Meet The 15-Year-Old Who Will Beat You To Space," 4 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

British hopes of convincing some governments to push for kinder treatment have come to naught. Peter Ford, The Christian Science Monitor, "As clock ticks down, Britain finally reveals its plan for Brexit. What now?," 11 July 2018 Robert was the most kind and loving person who blessed us with his presence. OrlandoSentinel.com, "Deaths in Central Florida: 6/6," 6 June 2018 Ask them to co-host, and be sure to bring everything needed so your kind friend just has to provide the space. Nena Farrell, Sunset, "How to Throw a Last-Minute Swanky House Party," 22 Jan. 2018 This business is full of a lot of good people, kind people, funny people, thoughtful people, but Vahe is like next-level. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "Mellinger Minutes: Ranking KU's tournament losses under Self, plus Royals & Chiefs | The Kansas City Star," 3 Apr. 2018 First, three kind people purchased crates to allow for safe transport of the roosters. Courant Community, "Community News For The Killingly Edition," 3 Apr. 2018 In the intimate setting, Chatrian can be seen at nearly every main screening, including in front of the 8,000-strong audience at the open-air galas on the Piazza Grande, introducing each film and guest with a few kind words. Ariston Anderson, The Hollywood Reporter, "Carlo Chatrian on Hopes and Challenges in Taking Over Berlin Film Festival," 26 June 2018 Most of them were insightful and kind—but a handful were calling me selfish. Anne Roderique-jones, SELF, "Am I a Selfish Person? I Set Out to Find Out," 8 July 2018 Thank God for kind people that want to spread happiness. Gerrad Hall, EW.com, "Tiffany Haddish is crying over this gift from Tyler Perry," 6 July 2018

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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

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

Adjective

see kind entry 1

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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 make a formal request

kind

noun
\ˈkīnd \

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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