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type

noun, often attributive \ ˈtīp \
Updated on: 8 Dec 2017

Definition of type

1 a : 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
2 a : 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
4 a : 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

Examples of type in a Sentence

  1. We were not prepared to face this type of crisis.

  2. We studied various types of trees.

  3. a seedless type of orange

  4. He only likes two types of music.

  5. She likes all types of books.

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Origin and Etymology of 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

Synonym Discussion of 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

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type

verb

Definition of type

typed; typing
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
3 a : to produce a copy of
b : to represent in terms of typical characteristics : typify
4 : to represent beforehand as a type : prefigure

typeable

play \ˈtī-pə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of type in a Sentence

  1. How fast can you type?

  2. I never learned how to type.

  3. She asked her secretary to type a memo.

Recent Examples of type from the Web

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First Known Use of type

1596



TYPE Defined for English Language Learners

type

noun

Definition of type for English Language Learners

  • : a particular kind or group of things or people

  • : a particular kind of person

  • : printed letters


type

verb

Definition of type for English Language Learners

  • : to write with a computer keyboard or typewriter

  • : to find out what group something is in


TYPE Defined for Kids

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type

noun \ ˈtīp \

Definition of type for Students

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

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type

verb

Definition of type for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

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type

noun \ ˈtīp \

medical Definition of type

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

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type

transitive verb

medical Definition of type

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


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