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

Richard was a kind, caring, loving, generous, and devoted husband, brother, father, grandfather, and friend, and he will be greatly missed. courant.com, "Richard L. Leete," 8 Aug. 2019 Relatives recalled Lane Martin as a kind, loving, compassionate and insightful man with a sharp sense of humor and talent for painting, according to a family statement sent by Martin’s aunt from Nevada. oregonlive.com, "Man fatally shot by Portland police was likely in mental health crisis, family says," 6 Aug. 2019 Abby Wilde as Stacey Dillsen Stacey's a kind, but very unlucky girl. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Here's What the Cast of "Zoey 101" Looks Like Now," 2 Aug. 2019 Coffee, any kind, at Hidden House in San Juan Capistrano. Samantha Dunn, Orange County Register, "Editor’s Letter: Let’s go eat," 31 July 2019 The Good Housekeeping Institute Textiles Lab tests bedding of all kinds, like mattresses, toppers, sheets, pillows and more. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, "6 Best Adjustable Beds and Mattresses for the Most Comfortable Sleep Ever," 30 July 2019 That is not discriminatory, that is a kind, compassionate, loving thing to do. Boris Johnson, Fox News, "Boris Johnson to recruit 20,000 police officers amid knife problem gripping London, rest of UK," 27 July 2019 The Metreon was curated and branded from master tenant Sony, with a Sony theater complex (the largest in San Francisco history, including the city’s first IMAX screen), a Sony PlayStation store and a one-of-a-kind Microsoft retail store. San Francisco Chronicle, "Like everything else involved with the project, the chrome marketing folder was shiny and filled with hope, as if the owners were selling a new subdivision on the moons of Jupiter.," 26 July 2019 The shop’s owner, Dodie (Mowry-Hardrict), is a hopeless romantic and absolutely one of a kind, similar to the pieces in her shop. Dan Snierson, EW.com, "Get a first look at six new Lifetime Christmas movies for 2019," 22 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Victor was especially kind to one kid who was having trouble socially, playing board games and sitting with him during meals, wrote Justesen. Author: Nina Shapiro, Anchorage Daily News, "‘I didn’t know where to look for him’: ICE ships kids across the country to Pacific Northwest jails," 6 Aug. 2019 Victor was especially kind to one kid who was having trouble socially, playing board games and sitting with him during meals, wrote Justesen. Nina Shapiro, The Seattle Times, "‘I didn’t know where to look for him’: ICE ships kids across the country to Pacific Northwest jails," 5 Aug. 2019 Betty wanted people to lead peaceful lives, be kind to one another and to help each other. orlandosentinel.com, "Deaths in Central Florida: 8/3," 2 Aug. 2019 Lastly, Jon asked that people be kind to one another. courant.com, "Jonathan D. Chapitis," 27 July 2019 Hannah doesn't understand why people won't be kind to him. David Oliver, USA TODAY, "'The Bachelorette': Hannah breaks 3 hearts; Luke calls (and drops) baloney on Garrett," 1 July 2019 All along, Williamson has wanted us to be kind to each other and ourselves. Molly Longman, refinery29.com, "Marianne Williamson Is A Wellness Guru Running For President. Really," 25 June 2019 For anyone who needs it, this is a reminder to be kind to yourself. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Taylor Swift's 'The Archer': See the Most Tear-Jerking Fan Reactions," 23 July 2019 History may not be kind to the departing prime minister. Washington Post, "Theresa May packs her bags, her legacy dominated by failure," 18 July 2019

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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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More Definitions for kind

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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