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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 Still, since the beginning of the outbreak, Mr. Trump and high-ranking administration officials have sought to pinpoint blame for the spread of the virus on China, and Beijing has responded in kind. Katie Rogers, New York Times, "Trump Defends Using ‘Chinese Virus’ Label, Ignoring Growing Criticism," 18 Mar. 2020 If by mid-April the CDC, MLB and any other stakeholders feel relatively confident about, say, a June 1 start, pitchers can respond in kind and re-start their throwing programs. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "With MLB season delayed (at least) into May, these are the biggest questions about what 2020 may look like," 16 Mar. 2020 Now the contagion is having a similarly grim effect on the U.S.-China economic relationship—where accumulated mistrust and resentment have created unhealthy conditions of a different kind. Clay Chandler, Fortune, "Distrust is contagious: How the coronavirus could upend America’s business relationships to China," 16 Mar. 2020 We were a hundred or so of a kind, all humming with the seductive feeling of having been called out from a crowd. Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker, "Prep for Prep and the Fault Lines in New York’s Schools," 2 Mar. 2020 Wilder responded by shoving Fury backward, after which Fury responded in kind. Boxing Junkie Staff, Boxing Junkie, "Video: Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury get physical at news conference," 19 Feb. 2020 However, as the climate warms and storms grow stronger and wetter, locations once considered safe are also getting hit — and when our expectations of risk change, home values can react in kind. Real Estate, "How disasters — manmade or natural — affect the real estate market," 5 Feb. 2020 Gas was cheap, the lanes were wide, the country wanted vehicles the size of a studio apartment, and manufacturers responded in kind. Roberto Baldwin, Car and Driver, "Why the Honda e Should (but Won't) Come to the U.S.," 28 Jan. 2020 Unlike economic hawks, national-security hawks vary in degree but not in kind. Daniel Tenreiro, National Review, "Phase One of the China Trade Agreement in Context," 23 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Landlords, please be kind to those who are struggling. New York Times, "African Animal That Charges," 22 Mar. 2020 Be kind to them, and tip them when appropriate, and tip them well. John Archibald |, al, "A reason for pride, amid the virus," 17 Mar. 2020 And remember, crowds are part of the fun, so be patient with your fellow Rondy revelers and be kind to the hard-working people who are busy feeding them. Anchorage Daily News, "It’s Rondy; you’re cold, hungry and downtown. Here’s where to go.," 27 Feb. 2020 From show-stopping floating stairs to one-of-a-kind organic wood scultpure, our 2019 Idea House boasts amazing details and surprises. Sunset Magazine, "Tour Our 2019 Santa Monica Canyon Idea House," 12 Feb. 2020 As the host of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, children’s television star Fred Rogers was an American icon who had a reputation as one of the kindest people in the biz. Megan Mccluskey, Time, "Let's Pause to Appreciate the 6 Most Tom Hanks Things That Tom Hanks Has Ever Done," 6 Feb. 2020 But their grace and decency are part of what makes them, and their story, so touching; these are kind people, whose adaptability, patience and resourcefulness help them persevere through profoundly unkind circumstances. Jon Frosch, The Hollywood Reporter, "'I Carry You With Me': Film Review | Sundance 2020," 26 Jan. 2020 Going to Cuba feels somewhat like stepping into a time capsule filled with the richest culture and kindest people. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "Must-Have Beauty Products For These Must-Visit Travel Destinations," 7 Jan. 2020 Sometimes the kindest people with the best of intentions can say things that in your time of pain are just interpreted differently than intended. Karen Dybis, Glamour, "The Social Media Miscarriage," 28 Oct. 2019

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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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24 Mar 2020

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“Kind.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Apr. 2020.

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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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