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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Russia is retaliating in kind, withholding deliveries of natural gas to Europe. Greg Ip, WSJ, 27 July 2022 Canada's Catholic Church says its dioceses and religious orders have provided more than $50 million in cash and in-kind contributions and hope to add $30 million more over the next five years. Nicole Winfield And Peter Smith, USA TODAY, 25 July 2022 Trump, of course, will answer in kind, and then some. Michael Tomasky, The New Republic, 25 July 2022 Canada’s Catholic Church says its dioceses and religious orders have provided more than $50 million in cash and in-kind contributions and hope to add $30 million more over the next five years. Peter Smith, BostonGlobe.com, 25 July 2022 Canada’s Catholic Church says its dioceses and religious orders have provided more than $50 million in cash and in-kind contributions, and hope to add $30 million more over the next five years. The Salt Lake Tribune, 25 July 2022 Canada’s Catholic Church says its dioceses and religious orders have provided more than $50 million in cash and in-kind contributions, and hope to add $30 million more over the next five years. Nicole Winfield, Chicago Tribune, 25 July 2022 Canada’s Catholic Church says its dioceses and religious orders have provided more than $50 million in cash and in-kind contributions and hope to add $30 million more over the next five years. Nicole Winfield And Peter Smith, Anchorage Daily News, 25 July 2022 But those glitches are rare in a game that otherwise deeply cares about making its cat seem like a cat—and building an appropriate quest in kind. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 18 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The '90s erotic thriller begins in New York City when the newly single Allie (Bridget Fonda) finds a new roommate in Hedy (Jennifer Jason Leigh), a kind-enough girl with a fear of abandonment that could swallow them both whole. Gwen Ihnat, EW.com, 28 July 2022 Unsurprisingly, folks appreciated her stopping by with a kind message. Adrianna Freedman, Good Housekeeping, 28 July 2022 In that sense, isn’t tagging almost a kind thing to do? Wired, 21 July 2022 Following the award ceremony, all the LOBA series will be on display in a large exhibition at the Ernst Leitz Museum, produced with the kind support of WhiteWall. Vogue, 21 July 2022 But now, Rudie is hoping to tackle this national problem head on as Minnesota’s new director of the Office for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives—a first of its kind office in the United States. Kate Nelson, ELLE, 19 July 2022 Amusingly, Tricia does indeed appear to judge him for lying about his education, but is forced to be kind in the face of Kor’s lengthy, earnest explanation. Dani Di Placido, Forbes, 18 July 2022 Walker was remembered at his funeral Wednesday as a shy, kind, thoughtful man with a quiet sense of humor. Mark Gillispie, BostonGlobe.com, 15 July 2022 Walker was remembered by family and friends at his Wednesday funeral as a shy, kind, thoughtful man with a quiet sense of humor. Mark Gillispie, Anchorage Daily News, 15 July 2022 See More

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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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The first known use of kind was before the 12th century

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31 Jul 2022

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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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