noun, often attributive
\ ˈtīp How to pronounce type (audio) \

Definition of type

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a particular kind, class, or group oranges of the seedless type leaders of the new type … did England yeoman's service— G. M. Trevelyan
b : something distinguishable as a variety : sort what type of food do you like?
c : a member of an indicated class or variety of people the guests were mostly urban types— Lucy Cook
d : a typical and often superior specimen
e : qualities common to a number of individuals that distinguish them as an identifiable class: such as
(1) : the morphological, physiological, or ecological characters by which relationship between organisms may be recognized
(2) : the form common to all instances of a linguistic element
2a : printed letters
b(1) : a rectangular block usually of metal bearing a relief character from which an inked print can be made
(2) : a collection of such blocks a font of type
(3) : alphanumeric characters for printing the type for this book has been photoset
c : typeface italic type
d : matter set in type
3 : a distinctive mark or sign
4a : a person or thing (as in the Old Testament) believed to foreshadow another (as in the New Testament)
b : one having qualities of a higher category : model
c : a lower taxonomic category selected as a standard of reference for a higher category also : a specimen or series of specimens on which a taxonomic species or subspecies is actually based


typed; typing

Definition of type (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to write something on a typewriter or enter data into a computer by way of a keyboard

transitive verb

1 : to produce (a character, a document, etc.) using a keyboard (as on a typewriter or computer) also : keyboard
2 : to identify as belonging to a type: such as
a : to determine the natural type of (as a blood sample)
b : typecast
3a : to produce a copy of
b : to represent in terms of typical characteristics : typify
4 : to represent beforehand as a type : prefigure

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typeable \ ˈtī-​pə-​bəl How to pronounce typeable (audio) \ adjective

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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 type in a Sentence


We were not prepared to face this type of crisis. We studied various types of trees. a seedless type of orange He only likes two types of music. She likes all types of books.


How fast can you type? I never learned how to type. She asked her secretary to type a memo.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Paris, France: Federal prosecutors also named a property in Paris that Epstein owned, but didn’t provide any additional details such as an address or type of property. Janna Herron And Kevin Mccoy, USA TODAY, "From private island to private jet: What is 'billionaire' Jeffrey Epstein's net worth?," 14 July 2019 Madi’s 18q- condition is one of five possible types of chromosome 18 abnormalities, and every 18q- case is different depending on which genes have been deleted. Greg Luca, ExpressNews.com, "Daughter of UTSA basketball assistant coach an inspiration despite disability," 14 July 2019 Attempts at multiple types of taxes - the Legislature rejected that. Anchorage Daily News, "Full text and video of Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s June 28 news conference announcing more than $400 million in budget vetoes," 13 July 2019 Like the fashion industry in general, the vintage market tends to favor a more petite body type. Emma Zack, Teen Vogue, "Why I Started a Store for Plus-Size Vintage Clothing," 12 July 2019 Our lease agreement, which all residents sign, prohibits any type of flag displayed from balconies. Fox News, "Disabled vet at risk of eviction from Colorado apartment building for flying US flag," 12 July 2019 After the hunts are over, hunters will receive a Data Log Card from the Refuge asking some questions about number of days hunted and types of game harvested. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "Trinity River Refuge hunt program has new changes," 12 July 2019 Raman identified 15 types of bacteria that increased and decreased in concert as the microbiome matured. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "Starving children often don’t recover, even when fed enough. Restoring their gut bacteria could help," 11 July 2019 Preferring one body type over another is not fatphobia, any more than a preference for red over blond hair in a partner is folliclephobia. James Lileks, National Review, "Girth Dearth," 11 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The plot is simple: Austin is an Ivy League–educated screenwriter on the make, typing out a script at the kitchen table and preparing to close a sale to a major studio. Graeme Wood, The Atlantic, "Sam Shepard Saw It All Coming," 11 July 2019 Kenneth James Murray, the son of Kermit Murray, a mechanic and filling station owner, and his wife, Ann Murray, a typing pool supervisor for the state of Illinois, was born and raised in Ashland, Ill., a farming town 50 miles from Springfield. Frederick N. Rasmussen, baltimoresun.com, "Dr. Kenneth J. Murray, a retired neurosurgeon and avid skeet shooter, dies," 4 June 2019 But does typing notes capture the concepts of a lecture or meeting as well as writing them longhand? Heidi Mitchell, WSJ, "What’s the Best Way to Take Notes?," 23 Oct. 2018 At the beginning, the transition from the Warner Brothers logo on the screen to the computer—with the ferociously-typing keyboard noises, the beeps and boops of the computer—was so charming. Danielle Mcnally, Marie Claire, "We Showed 'You've Got Mail' to Our Gen-Z Coworkers and Now Feel Very Old," 1 Aug. 2018 There have been many words typed and angst suffered in these parts during the stadium search for FC Cincinnati and its MLS bid. Jay Brinker, Cincinnati.com, "Guest TML: Watching Blue Jackets-Capitals is like watching Marvin Lewis v. Mick Cronin," 20 Apr. 2018 The coding interface is less typing lines of code and more arranging graphic symbols just right. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "The Simple Toy That Could Teach Your Kids to Code," 6 Mar. 2015 The recent Highlands High School graduate navigated easily between screens to type out sentences, and was tasked with using her device to ask questions of her peers. Liz Teitz, ExpressNews.com, "Technology gives voice to special needs kids at OLLU," 27 June 2019 Users typed into those platforms, and other users had to go specifically to that forum conversation to find them. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "What Is Facebook?," 25 June 2019

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First Known Use of type


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4a


1596, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 4

History and Etymology for type


Middle English, from Late Latin typus, from Latin & Greek; Latin typus image, from Greek typos blow, impression, model, from typtein to strike, beat; akin to Sanskrit tupati he injures and probably to Latin stupēre to be benumbed

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English Language Learners Definition of type

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a particular kind or group of things or people
: a particular kind of person
: printed letters



English Language Learners Definition of type (Entry 2 of 2)

: to write with a computer keyboard or typewriter
technical : to find out what group something is in


\ ˈtīp How to pronounce type (audio) \

Kids Definition of type

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a particular kind or group of things or people : variety a seedless type of orange He likes all types of books.
2 : a set of letters or figures that are used for printing or the letters or figures printed by them
3 : the special qualities or characteristics by which members of a group are set apart from other groups plants grouped by type


typed; typing

Kids Definition of type (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to write with a keyboard (as on computer or typewriter)
2 : to identify as belonging to a certain group


\ ˈtīp How to pronounce type (audio) \

Medical Definition of type

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a lower taxonomic category selected as a standard of reference for a higher category also : a specimen or series of specimens on which a taxonomic species or subspecies is actually based
2 : the morphological, physiological, or ecological characters by which relationship between organisms may be recognized
3 : a particular kind, class, or group cell types specifically : a group distinguishable on physiological or serological bases salmonella types
typed; typing

Medical Definition of type (Entry 2 of 2)

: to determine the type of (as a sample of blood or a culture of bacteria)

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