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)
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 typeable (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 In short, Joe Spenard was the type of guy who never let anything so mundane as social niceties or laws interfere with making a buck. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "History of Spenard: How a squatter, bootlegger and showman gave Anchorage’s most renowned road its name," 18 May 2020 Harrison was not the type of linebacker that needed reward money for motivation to put somebody to sleep. cleveland, "Did Steelers coach Mike Tomlin give James Harrison an envelope? — Crowquill," 17 May 2020 The test, developed by Quidel Corp. in San Diego, Calif., examines samples from the patient's nasal cavity and is the third type of test to be authorized by the FDA, according to The Associated Press. Fox News, "These indicators in a patient's blood could help determine how sick they might get from COVID-19, study finds," 17 May 2020 Andrew White for The New York Times Michael Cicoria is not the type to automatically pull out chairs and hold doors. New York Times, "A Very Small Family Gathering Will Do This Time," 15 May 2020 Of course pandemic deaths and soldiers killed in wars are two very different types of loss. Lance Lambert, Fortune, "The coronavirus has now killed more Americans than the Korean War, Vietnam War, Gulf War, Afghanistan War, and Iraq War combined," 15 May 2020 As the name suggests, maskne is a type of breakout that results from wearing a face mask. Leah Groth, Health.com, "'Maskne' Is a Real Thing—Here's How to Stop Face Mask Breakouts," 15 May 2020 Here's an in-depth look at Colson's recruitment with the Wolverines: Why Michigan needs him: Colson is the type of talent who can help the Wolverines compete at an elite level. Steve Lorenz, Detroit Free Press, "Can Michigan football fend off Tennessee for top target Junior Colson?," 14 May 2020 But now that the COVID-19 pandemic is here, there are also new types of medical fundraisers—for everything from masks and intensive care equipment to food and coffee for frontline hospital staff. Brooke Borel/undark, Popular Science, "Small doctors’ offices are turning to GoFundMe to survive the pandemic," 13 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb After meeting with his team, Hopkins typed and emailed summaries of the swimmers’ accounts to university administrators. USA Today, "San Jose State reinvestigates claims athletic trainer inappropriately touched swimmers," 17 Apr. 2020 This is especially true for those who like to multitask, such as typing on a computer while talking at the same time. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Home office gadgets and workarounds are in demand because of coronavirus lockdowns," 3 Apr. 2020 This is especially true for those who like to multitask, such as typing on a computer while talking at the same time. Marc Saltzman, USA TODAY, "Five ways to thrive while working from home during the coronavirus pandemic," 28 Mar. 2020 Shannon is one of those guys who sits in his bed 15 hours a day with a laptop like this and just types his life away. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "Will You Get An Outer Banks Season 2? This Is What The Cast Says," 20 Apr. 2020 Verify web addresses and type them character-by-character into your browser. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "Beware of these fake text messages and robocalls going around about the coronavirus," 19 Apr. 2020 So in that universe, the sports writers leave the locker room Wednesday night and type their stories about the end of an era and a looming summer of transition. Mike Finger, ExpressNews.com, "Finger: On another timeline, Spurs reaching the end," 14 Apr. 2020 And Wickens is learning the finer art of typing messages to players while also announcing categories. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee's Quizmaster Trivia hosting pub trivia online now that bars, restaurants are closed," 3 Apr. 2020 The 1mm travel feels like typing into a memory foam mattress compared to the unsatisfying slaps that came from the previous model. Popular Science, "Apple fixed one thing to make the MacBook Air one of the best laptops around," 3 Apr. 2020

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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

21 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Type.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/type. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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More Definitions for type

type

noun
How to pronounce type (audio)

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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