type

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

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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Verb

typeable \ ˈtī-​pə-​bəl How to pronounce type (audio) \ 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 Weis said Jones is just the type of quarterback the Patriots want. BostonGlobe.com, "No one is comparing Mac Jones with Tom Brady . . . but he’s like Brady," 8 May 2021 This included being the type of take-no-prisoners driver that owns the road. Lance Eliot, Forbes, "Tall Tales By Your Grandparents About Walking Five Miles To School Will Instead Be About Using Self-Driving Cars For Your Kid’s Generation," 8 May 2021 This is the type of game the Rangers had been playing and winning. Dallas News, "A fluke double and some mental miscues cost Rangers in loss to Mariners," 7 May 2021 Having a clean space makes a huge impact on your lifestyle and overall happiness, and that is the type of self-care everyone should get behind. Deena Campbell, Essence, "This Is The Only Brand I Use to Clean My Entire House," 7 May 2021 Eurodollars are a type of interest-rate contract and represent one of CME’s biggest marketplaces. Alexander Osipovich, WSJ, "CME Group to Close Most of Its Chicago Trading Pits Permanently," 5 May 2021 This is exactly the type of project the city is looking for, said Bill Woeste, chairman of council’s Development Services Committee. Sue Kiesewetter, The Enquirer, "Fairfield's ART Metals Group plans $2M expansion," 5 May 2021 Diana and Jeremy are the type of people who hide their emotional wounds behind self-deprecation, biting bons mots, and reveling in their reputations as a flirt and a rake. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Hot Stuff: Unlikely connections abound in April romance novels," 4 May 2021 Our research shows that scaling back the prosecution of low-level offenses is just this type of policy. Amanda Agan, Time, "A New Study Reveals that Not Prosecuting People for Nonviolent Misdemeanors May Actually Reduce Crime," 4 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Avoid clicking on links and instead type the web address into an internet browser. Rick Rouan, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Hackers using visually similar characters to deceive in phishing schemes," 30 Apr. 2021 Easy to type; use a trackpad and engage the touchscreen. Anthony Marcusa, chicagotribune.com, "The best tablet for college students," 17 Apr. 2021 Keyboard and desk tracking allows users to type and mark their desk in their guardian while in VR, bringing to life their virtual office concept from last year. Charlie Fink, Forbes, "This Week In XR: Fortnite’s Billion Dollar Metaverse, Surgical Robots, XR Art And Immersive Concerts," 16 Apr. 2021 Siraj’s calls were monitored by intelligence analysts in Martinsburg, W.Va., who would type up detailed reports. New York Times, "He Was Convicted of a Bombing Plot. Was It a Setup?," 15 Apr. 2021 This is low-key depressing to even type out, but kudos to Gangs of London for actually casting actors whose ethnic backgrounds sync up with those of their characters! Roxana Hadadi, Vulture, "Gangs of London Premiere Recap: The Old Ultraviolence," 4 Apr. 2021 Trying to recreate a society like that without Jesus leading the way is like trying to type with your fingers tied together. Time, "What is the Point of Celebrating Easter During a Pandemic?," 2 Apr. 2021 Adding to the conundrum, companies are increasingly making tools specifically for the Internet’s youngest users, who are old enough to type words on a smartphone or computer, but too young for existing social media apps. Washington Post, "Instagram is making a kids’ app. Here’s what parents need to know about social media Jr.," 24 Mar. 2021 Adding to the conundrum, companies are increasingly making tools specifically for the Internet’s youngest users, who are old enough to type words on a smartphone or computer, but too young for existing social media apps. Heather Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "Instagram is making an app for preteens. Here’s what parents need to know about social media Jr.," 24 Mar. 2021

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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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The first known use of type was in the 15th century

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Last Updated

10 May 2021

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“Type.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/type. Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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More Definitions for type

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
technical : to find out what group something is in

type

noun
\ 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

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 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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