type

noun, often attributive
\ ˈtīp \

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

type

verb
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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Other Words from type

Verb

typeable \ ˈtī-​pə-​bəl \ adjective

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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 type in a Sentence

Noun

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.

Verb

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

The process of digesting and metabolizing cabbage essentially unleashes a chemoprotective effect in the body, helping stop the enzymatic reactions linked to DNA damage — the type that can, over time, lead to tumor development. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "Fact: Cabbage Packs the Same Nutritional Benefits as Kale," 7 Jan. 2019 Think Pink Prize To every product advertised on the New York City subway, from mattresses to handbags to Hims, on a pink background with blue sans-serif type and hints of cactus green. Mark Lamster, Curbed, "2018 in architecture: The good, the bad, and the urbanism," 27 Dec. 2018 The money in these types of accounts is contributed from an individual’s paycheck throughout the year, expiring at the end of December. Jordana Kier And Alex Friedman, Harper's BAZAAR, "Tampon Tax Is Just Another Example of Women's Inequality," 7 Dec. 2018 For party planners though, business is swift, according to Christine Gallagher, who’s been planning these types of events since 2013. Leah Bourne, Glamour, "For Some Women, Finalizing Their Divorce Means Throwing an Actual Party," 28 Nov. 2018 In fact, the new browser will remove all ads from sites that feature these types of ads, the company said in a blog post. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Google's Chrome 71 will block 'abusive' ads that trick you into clicking them," 6 Nov. 2018 Gray tones seem to remain the frequent neutral, while modified animal prints convey power in these types of interiors. Madeleine Luckel, Vogue, "What’s Next in Interior Design? Just Look to This New Decorator Show House," 25 Oct. 2018 These types of plants, like Sansevieria (one of their favorites) and Epipremnum aureum, don't require constant attention to water levels or special enclosures. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "4 Ingenious Secrets To Keeping Plants Alive—And Thriving," 28 Sep. 2018 These types of side effects weren’t more common in CR dieters overall, but several people had to pull out of the study because of safety concerns. Mark Barna, Discover Magazine, "Not So Fast," 24 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

One of the iPhone’s most useful 3D Touch features is the ability to turn your keyboard into a trackpad while typing, and with iOS 12, this functionality is coming to handsets without Apple’s pressure-sensitive technology. Jon Porter, The Verge, "iOS keyboard cursor now works on all devices running iOS 12," 24 Sep. 2018 While typing the above, a tiny prothonotary warbler landed on a cypress right by the boat. Ben Raines, AL.com, "The hidden lake: a primordial secret found," 17 Apr. 2018 Leaning against the tailgate, and with a reporter’s notepad in his back pocket, Cook was typing updates on his cellphone. Tim Prudente, baltimoresun.com, "'I don't know what else to do': Grieving Capital Gazette journalists cover the massacre of their own newsroom," 29 June 2018 Harris typed back a bold question: Who is your birth father? Allison Klein, Washington Post, "This adopted woman scoured the country for the sister she never met — only to discover she literally lived next door," 27 June 2018 In the courthouse, the secretary typed the day's verdict, and it was further processed with signatures and official stamps. Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi, Woman's Day, "The Real Story Behind the Musical 'Chicago'," 12 May 2017 The piece seems to be based on notes that FBI employees Lisa Page and Andy McCabe typed up after meeting with Rosenstein. Fox News, "New developments in Tucker's Google investigation; Dean Cain on Hollywood rallying behind Kavanaugh's accuser," 22 Sep. 2018 Mom read braille recipes to my sister Ann, who typed them. Terri Milligan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Thanks, Mom: Readers share food legacy their mothers left them," 8 May 2018 Andem and Magnus transferred these words to one of Noora’s friends, who typed them during a group chat with Noora. D. T. Max, The New Yorker, "“SKAM,” the Radical Teen Drama That Unfolds One Post at a Time," 23 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of type

Noun

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

Verb

1596, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 4

History and Etymology for type

Noun

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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type

noun

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

type

verb

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

: to write with a computer keyboard or typewriter

: to find out what group something is in

type

noun
\ ˈtīp \

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

type

verb
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

type

noun
\ ˈtīp \

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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