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

After all, these types of teaching moments are what Summer League is all about. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "Summer school in session for Spurs rookie Walker," 10 July 2018 Legionnaires’ disease is a type of pneumonia that is caused by the bacteria Legionella, which grows in warm water. Carl Campanile, Fox News, "Legionnaires' outbreak sickens 8 in NYC," 13 July 2018 Legionnaires’ disease is a serious type of pneumonia commonly caused by breathing in water vapor that contains Legionella bacteria. Zoe Greenberg, New York Times, "Legionnaires’ Disease Sickens 11 in Upper Manhattan," 12 July 2018 Multimessenger astrophysics on the rise Blazars are a special type of superluminous active galaxy that blast out twin jets of light and particles, one of which is aimed directly at Earth. Mike Wall, NBC News, "High-energy 'ghost particle' traced to distant galaxy in astronomy breakthrough," 12 July 2018 Call options are a type of contract that lets owners buy stock at a specified price at a future date and can be used to bet that a stock will rise in price. Austen Hufford, WSJ, "SEC Accuses Virginia Man of Participating in Fitbit Stock-Manipulation Scheme," 11 July 2018 The link between oral hygiene and overall health is exactly the type of education offered by Dr. Carmichael and her experienced staff. Karlie Brand, sandiegouniontribune.com, "8 reasons you’ll wish this dentist was yours," 11 July 2018 The editing is also what makes this video special, as well as the fact that Ron Burgundy is exactly the type of person who believes that football is indeed on its way home. SI.com, "It's Coming Home: 6 of the Best England World Cup Memes of the Summer So Far," 11 July 2018 The mission criticality of these types of services is only growing by the day. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Box CEO Aaron Levie on Recode Decode," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Even the artist's stage visuals were a nod to youth: While one fun visual mimicked the screen for 2000s video game Dance Dance Revolution, others portrayed iMessage screens with fictional users typing, then quickly deleting, confessional messages. Tatiana Cirisano, Billboard, "Khalid Shouts-Out 2018 Graduates With Youthful Governors Ball Set," 3 June 2018 To enter, type the recipe into the form, as directed, and supply all other required information, including a short introduction of yourself and the dish. Ann Maloney, NOLA.com, "How to win pounds of free shrimp? Enter our contest by May 28," 22 May 2018 Getty Images Her Maison Margiela three-piece silver embellished separates, complete with a pope headpiece, definitely had heads turning (and fingers typing). Alex Warner, Marie Claire, "The Best Twitter Reactions to Rihanna's 2018 Met Gala Dress," 7 May 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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