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

Other Words from type


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

Choose the Right Synonym for type


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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Allworth Advice is that robo-advisers are adequate for a certain type of investor who’s at a certain point in their career and when investment management is all that really matters. Amy Wagner And Steve Sprovach, The Enquirer, 12 Aug. 2022 Also, students who are serving time in prison will no longer be ineligible for this type of aid. Robert Farrington, Forbes, 12 Aug. 2022 One significant difference between Ghanaian and Nigerian Jollof rice is the type of rice used. Jonmaesha Beltran, The Arizona Republic, 11 Aug. 2022 It’s anything but flat, and therefore unsuitable for the type of farming typically associated with this state. Jay Jones, Chicago Tribune, 11 Aug. 2022 These are the nine best kids’ computer desks for every type of space and student—including your very own. Lauren Gray, Popular Mechanics, 10 Aug. 2022 Good Behavior multitasking spray as a good foundation for any type of style. Kiana Murden, Vogue, 10 Aug. 2022 This has helped keep credit accessible, after a brief tightening at the beginning of the COVID crisis, for the same type of borrowers that had access before COVID struck—even if that credit is now more expensive. Paul Swartz, Fortune, 9 Aug. 2022 Zoe Toperosky has always had a love for any type of writing. Madysen Ollian-williams, oregonlive, 7 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb For $1, viewers can type a message that a bot will read aloud to Nielson, waking him up. Wired, 5 Aug. 2022 To create the album, type a description in the ‘Add a title’ section and hit enter. Ken Colburn, The Arizona Republic, 25 July 2022 The clinic group also recently introduced online booking: patients pick a time slot, type their medical history into a secure portal, and get an invite to a virtual waiting room before consulting with a provider, Grant said. Mohana Ravindranath, STAT, 13 July 2022 Just type in a company's name to see contact information. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, 24 July 2022 Visitors to the network website, (https://hrn.azmag.gov/), can type in an address to find the Heat Relief Network site nearest them. Joan Meiners, The Arizona Republic, 20 July 2022 Then, take the contract address or your wallet address and type it into etherscan.io. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 1 July 2022 Liking the line, Seydoux hands me her phone and asks me to type it in. New York Times, 8 Oct. 2021 Texas' elections director, Keith Ingram, said the state is working to upgrade its computer system to one that will automatically transmit counties' final tally to the state, eliminating the need for local election directors to type it in. Nicholas Riccardi And Paul Weber, Chron, 2 Aug. 2021 See More

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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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\ 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


transitive verb
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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