kind

noun
\ ˈkīnd How to pronounce kind (audio) \

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

The 10-episode series explores what happens when a widow (Applegate) befriends a kind but possibly sketchy woman in her grief support group, Judy (played by Linda Cardellini). Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Netflix’s New Show Dead to Me Is Big Little Lies–Level Addicting," 3 May 2019 The probe is looking into alleged financial misconduct of the kind that Mr. North has raised in the internal battles. Mark Maremont, WSJ, "New York Attorney General Probes NRA as Oliver North Exits as President," 27 Apr. 2019 That is, momentarily, at least, until your eyes focus back on the retail 'islands' boasting multiple-sized versions of actual gypsum dessert roses, a perfectly singular souvenir from this one-0f-a-kind shop. Whitney Robinson, ELLE Decor, "Is This the Most Beautiful Museum Gift Shop in the World?," 19 Apr. 2019 And there are so many different kinds to admire, from whisper-pale pinks, lavenders, and sky blues to deep, vibrant fuchsias and intense, purpley blues. Michele Petry, House Beautiful, "You Can Change the Color of Your Hydrangeas with This Simple Trick," 18 Apr. 2019 The latter kind may require a doctor's attention since there's risk of infection and scarring. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How Long a Sunburn Lasts Before Fading Away — And How to Make It Heal Faster," 17 Apr. 2019 Exploring whatever bit of nature is around you is exercise in disguise and isn't that the best kind?! Hannah Deely, Redbook, "5 Ways to Balance Your Life With the Swedish Concept of Lagom," 2 Oct. 2018 Festival clothing stands out from your everyday wardrobe, and one-of-a-kind looks that stand out are what festival fashion is all about. Teen Vogue, "Festival Clothing that Stands Out in the Crowd: 12 Must-Have Styles," 9 Apr. 2019 Premiere Napa Valley wines are one-of-a-kind selections created by Napa Valley Vintner member winemakers just for this event, in quantities of 60 to 240 bottles. Karen Lubeck, Town & Country, "The 2017 Vintage Makes Its Star Debut at the Premiere Napa Valley Wine Auction," 4 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

After hearing the news, several celebrities reached out on social media with kind words, including Pat Sajak, Cher, and more. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Alex Trebek's Cancer Diagnosis Sparks Outpour of Support From Pat Sajak, Cher, and More," 7 Mar. 2019 The former second-in-command at the Federal Reserve had nothing but kind words for current leader Jerome Powell, and praised his excellent leadership in his first year of service. Michael S. Derby, WSJ, "Derby’s Take: Former Fed No. 2 Lauds Powell’s Defense of Mandate," 4 Mar. 2019 Also, just a general thank you to everyone who is so kind and loving to me. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "“Riverdale”’s Lili Reinhart Goes After All Her Haters on Instagram and Cheryl Blossom Would Be Proud," 4 Jan. 2019 Eunice will be remembered as a most loving and kind Grandma. courant.com, "Eunice Fitzgibbon Jackson," 9 July 2018 Marquel was a very kind and loving person that will be missed terribly. Lindsey Bever, chicagotribune.com, "Doctors said to let a teen's sinus infection 'run its course,' family says. Weeks later, he died.," 16 Mar. 2018 Thank you Tamba, for always being a genuinely kind and loving soul, and for always playing the game with heart! Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "After being released, Tamba Hali thanked Chiefs fans. They returned the love. | The Kansas City Star," 12 Mar. 2018 Carmen was a very kind and loving mother who was always giving. Sun-Sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 2/20," 20 Feb. 2018 Why did the Steve Jobs who came back to Apple consistently get described as a little bit kinder, a little bit more patient, a little bit more thoughtful toward other people? Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Professor, psychologist and author Adam Grant on Recode Decode," 5 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 and Adjective

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

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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 say that something does not cause harm, is not harsh or unpleasant, etc. usually + to
used to make a formal request

kind

noun
\ ˈkīnd How to pronounce kind (audio) \

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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