noun, often attributive
\ˈtīp \

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

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typeable \ˈtī-​pə-​bəl \ adjective

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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


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.


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

Scientific journals will need to carefully determine their own standards for publishing this type of research. Angela Chen, The Verge, "If someone wants to create gene-edited babies, who would stop them?," 26 Nov. 2018 This type of violence is not new but resembles other periods in American history when Black Americans in particular would press for racial equality and voting rights only to be met by intense, violent backlash from whites. Bree Newsome, SELF, "The 2018 Midterm Elections Proved That Change Must Happen from the Ground Up," 15 Nov. 2018 And don’t give up if your first attempt isn't immediately wonderful: This type of play can have a bit of a learning curve, so go at your own pace, communicate with your partner, and enjoy the ride. Zoë Ligon, Allure, "9 Things You Need to Know Before You Have Anal," 5 Nov. 2018 Apps are bigger, type is bigger, and the on-screen keyboard is bigger, making for fewer embarrassing auto-correct moments. Geoffrey A. Fowler, The Seattle Times, "IPhone XR: The best $250 you ever saved on a new phone," 23 Oct. 2018 But instead of shying away from some of the challenges this type of work poses, the students decided to publish the results of the survey as-is, and highlight its flaws. Tanay Warerkar, Curbed, "Yale School of Architecture exhibition questions gender disparity in the industry," 18 Oct. 2018 This type of cake was served at the wedding of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, Prince Charles and Diana, and Prince William and Kate Middleton. Emma Dibdin, Town & Country, "All the Ways Princess Eugenie's Wedding Broke Royal Tradition," 12 Oct. 2018 And many municipalities won't take this type of paint or its companion thinners as waste. Mike Allen, Popular Mechanics, "How to Dispose of Hazardous Waste Without Damaging the Environment," 9 Oct. 2018 Synlogic, a biotech firm Collins co-founded and advises, is developing several therapies that use this type of logic switch in bacteria. Eric Smalley, Discover Magazine, "Cellular Cyborgs: How Programmable DNA Strands Might Control Healing," 25 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The piece seems to be based on notes that FBI employees Lisa Page and Andy McCabe typed up after meeting with Rosenstein. Fox News, "New developments in Tucker's Google investigation; Dean Cain on Hollywood rallying behind Kavanaugh's accuser," 22 Sep. 2018 Mom read braille recipes to my sister Ann, who typed them. Terri Milligan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Thanks, Mom: Readers share food legacy their mothers left them," 8 May 2018 Andem and Magnus transferred these words to one of Noora’s friends, who typed them during a group chat with Noora. D. T. Max, The New Yorker, "“SKAM,” the Radical Teen Drama That Unfolds One Post at a Time," 23 Jan. 2017 The phone would also stop working when people would type Taiwan. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Security Researcher Accuses Apple of Censoring Taiwan's Flag in China," 11 July 2018 The messaging standard is supposed to make texting look more like chatting in a modern messaging app, complete with read receipts and typing indicators. Ashley Carman, The Verge, "Samsung phones are spontaneously texting users’ photos to random contacts without their permission," 2 July 2018 In a couple of Instagram posts this offseason – typed in his goofy font – Newton responded enthusiastically in threads about Dez Bryant and the top receivers in this year’s draft class. Joseph Person, charlotteobserver, "He said: Too many offensive playmakers in NFL draft for Panthers to pass up | Charlotte Observer," 20 Apr. 2018 Users can search or scroll through lists of others who are on the service, but typing one wrong letter can pull up the wrong person with a similar handle or name. Telis Demos, WSJ, "You Accidentally Sent $149 to a Stranger on Venmo? Good Luck Getting It Back," 12 July 2018 His main hobby was using his BlackBerry to take photos of strangers and carefully typing out accompanying captions, then posting them to his blog. Jen Gann, The Cut, "Watching My Husband Become a Weird Dad," 14 June 2018

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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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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



English Language Learners Definition of type (Entry 2 of 2)

: to write with a computer keyboard or typewriter

: to find out what group something is in


\ˈtīp \

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 \

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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