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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Other Words from type

Verb

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

Choose the Right Synonym for type

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

If your shoes are wet, crumple up newspaper (or any other type of paper) and stuff it in your shoes to help the shoes maintain their shape. Irene Hwang, Seventeen, "How to Clean Suede Shoes Like a Fashion Pro," 13 May 2019 Past studies have relied on police reports and the nearest weather station to estimate rainfall, but this study, using high-resolution radar data analysis, was able to more accurately pinpoint what types of weather events cause the largest increase. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, "Study Shows Even Light Rain Increases Risk of Traffic Fatalities," 13 May 2019 But other types, such as erythromycin and tetracycline, may not be recommended or may be reserved only for more severe cases or short-term use. Nikhita Mahtani, SELF, "How to Safely Treat Your Postpartum Acne," 24 Apr. 2019 Polyester is extremely stain and fade resistant, and is less expensive than other synthetic carpet types. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "The Best Carpet Types for a Perfectly Grounded Space," 13 Feb. 2019 But if that rugged vibe isn’t quite your thing, there are other types of vests, too: fleece vests, plaid sherpa vests, even puffer vests. Emily Farra, Vogue, "6 Street Style Trends From the Fall 2019 Menswear Shows," 31 Jan. 2019 Who knows, maybe there will be some newfangled primer that actually works for our finicky skin type or an innovative mascara that truly checks off every box on our criteria. Allure, "The Best New Makeup Launches Coming This Month," 1 May 2019 But, in general, experts say there are a few things people with type 2 diabetes can do to better manage this condition. Korin Miller, SELF, "8 Ways to Better Control Your Type 2 Diabetes," 19 Apr. 2019 According to the experts, once or twice a week works for those with this hair type. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "This Is How Often You Should Really Be Washing Your Hair," 12 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Prince William and Kate Middleton's children have had both typed out and handwritten certificates (Prince Louis had the former, while Prince George and Princess Charlotte had the latter). Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "How Archie's Birth Certificate Compares to Prince George's, Princess Charlottes, and Prince Louis's," 17 May 2019 All of it is narrated in that signature TMZ television tone that seems to channel monster truck rallies and internet forums where everyone types in ALL CAPS. Carolina A. Miranda, latimes.com, "The road to #Oscars2018 goes through El Pollo Loco and the Seventh Veil: Our TMZ tour of Hollywood," 3 Mar. 2018 To find a cookie booth nearby, visit www.girlscoutcookies.org and type in your ZIP code for a list of Girl Scout cookie booths in your area, as well as the dates and times that the booths will be open for business. Courtney Ortega, star-telegram, "It’s Girl Scout cookie time. Here’s everything you need to know about sales in North Texas," 22 Jan. 2018 Parisian Love by Google, 2010 This Google ad tells the love story of a foreign exchange student in Paris, showing search queries typed on a computer screen. Vogue, "The 13 Most Iconic Super Bowl Ads of All Time," 31 Jan. 2019 The screen can even fold halfway securely, allowing you to type e-mails keyboard-style. Olivia Martin, Town & Country, "Is Samsung’s Galaxy Fold the Phone of the Future?," 15 Apr. 2019 To access the feature, simply open the toolbar on the keyboard through the + symbol and select the Search icon to type in any search terms. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "SwiftKey for Android is getting search built into the keyboard," 29 Nov. 2018 This messaging service brings, for example, typing indicators, very large group chats and the ability to transfer large files between the owners of these smartphones. Dieter Bohn, The Verge, "Verizon is launching RCS Chat on the Pixel 3 on December 6th," 5 Dec. 2018 They are driven more by swiping, speaking and viewing, and less by typing, searching and reading—prompting companies to adapt their apps. Eric Bellman, WSJ, "Indians Are Binge-Watching Mobile Videos, Pushing YouTube, Others to Innovate," 21 Jan. 2019

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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
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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