\ 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



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 scent of hot dogs — the kind with mustard, not the mutts — signaled a sense of normalcy. Mark Didtler, ajc, "Robot umps and dogs, minor league ball back after lost year," 5 May 2021 The scent of hot dogs — the kind with mustard, not the mutts — signaled a sense of normalcy. Mark Didtler, Star Tribune, "Robot umps and dogs, minor league ball back after lost year," 4 May 2021 While this is the first time consumers can buy a product of this kind, Varanasi and LiquiGlide's other co-founder, Dave Smith, told CNN their technology could be used for anything from lotion to cream cheese. Rachel Trent, CNN, "Colgate's new toothpaste tube is designed with slippery coating to let you squeeze out every last drop," 28 Apr. 2021 But more of Mare’s frustration and resentment is the simmering, slow-burning kind that comes along with disappointment. Roxana Hadadi, Vulture, "Mare of Easttown Recap: Not Ruling Anything Out," 25 Apr. 2021 The kind that always leaves you wanting to know a little bit more. Sarah Spellings, Vogue, "Massive Fuzzy Bucket Hats Are 2021’s Tiny Bags," 23 Apr. 2021 On the ride, she's informed by a man named Fedyor (Julian Kostov) that Alina's kind — the Etherealki — were thought to be a picture-book myth. Nick Schager,, "Shadow and Bone binge-watch recap: Episodes 1-8," 23 Apr. 2021 Bamboo is now being used to make a variety of fabrics, including bamboo rayon (or viscose), bamboo modal (the kind used in athletic wear) and bamboo linen. New York Times, "Fabrics From Your Fridge," 22 Apr. 2021 The encampment is a patchwork of multicolored tents — the kind intended for temporary use, not permanent shelter. Washington Post, "Two blocks from the Federal Reserve, a growing encampment of the homeless haunts the economy’s most powerful person," 17 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Of course, the schedule-makers and the fates have been kind, too. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Red-hot Oakland Athletics on 11-game win streak: Here's why MLB team has been so good," 22 Apr. 2021 The years have not been kind, to the show or to us. Darren Franich,, "Celebrate Earth Day with a disturbing, prophetic episode of Captain Planet," 22 Apr. 2021 Hospitality, to him, was a continuous and conscious choice — to listen, to be kind, to be open. New York Times, "What Is Hospitality? The Current Answer Doesn’t Work.," 13 Apr. 2021 Karen's immediate bosses were kind and often invited my questions and input; one even gave me advice about law school upon learning of my interests. Next Avenue, Forbes, "OPINION: Why Toxic Workplace Whistleblowers Should Be Applauded," 8 Apr. 2021 Because the men had been kind, Sabit and the other women decided to take them out to dinner, as thanks. Raffi Khatchadourian, The New Yorker, "Surviving the Crackdown in Xinjiang," 5 Apr. 2021 If Beezus is kind, hardworking, and poised, Ramona is messy, scrappy, imaginative, and constantly aggrieved. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "What Beverly Cleary Taught Us About Feeling Mortified," 30 Mar. 2021 The couple's openness was praised by many women, men and medical professionals -- but not all responses to the announcement on social media were kind. Amy Woodyatt, CNN, "Chrissy Teigen's parting words as she left Twitter," 25 Mar. 2021 While Nestle India, Coca-Cola and PepsiCo did not offer comments for Reuters’ report, Indian consumers are not being kind. Niharika Sharma, Quartz, "India’s richest man is trying to beat his rivals—by taking “inspiration” from them," 23 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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8 May 2021

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“Kind.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 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


\ 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?


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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