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

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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

Here’s a helpful breakdown of some of the different breast types. Glamour, "6 Tips for Bra Shopping When You Have Big Boobs," 3 Apr. 2019 Some 250 studies are seeking tens of thousands of participants for research just on Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia. Paula Spencer Scott, Woman's Day, "I Participated in a Clinical Study to See if I Had Dementia — Here's What I Learned," 26 Mar. 2019 Temperature regulation is a significant factor in each of the two types of insomnia. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Studies Show Sleeping in a Cold Room is Actually Better for Your Health," 19 Mar. 2019 Aquaplancton has been clearing ponds of all types of algae, green water, string algae, sludge, slime, odor, and clogged filter for over 20 years. Country Living, "NO MORE POND ALGAE—NATURALLY VOTED HOME AND GARDEN “PRODUCT OF THE YEAR”," 5 Mar. 2019 Epic already makes the Unreal Engine, a leading software ecosystem for building games of all types. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Epic will let other game developers use Fortnite’s cross-platform tools for free," 12 Dec. 2018 Postpartum depression is a type of mood disorder that affects some women after childbirth, causing sadness and loss of interest in activities. Peter Loftus, WSJ, "Sage Therapeutics’ Drug for Postpartum Depression Gets FDA Nod," 19 Mar. 2019 But in addition to those 12 sounds, the LectroFan also offers 10 more that are just different types of realistic fan noises. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "LectroFan EVO Is the Perfect Gift for People who Can't Sleep Without a Fan on," 14 Mar. 2019 Getting Started: There are many types of welding that aren’t critical and require no certification to do safely. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "How to Become a Skilled Tradesperson," 13 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Combined with the ability to immediately search by typing, this turns the main menu into an application launcher as well. Scott Gilbertson, Ars Technica, "A tour of elementary OS, perhaps the Linux world’s best hope for the mainstream," 28 Dec. 2018 Users begin by typing in their first name and the year they were born. Gary Robbins, sandiegouniontribune.com, "5 apps that caregivers need to know about," 24 Apr. 2018 The idea is that simply by typing out a phrase, artificial intelligence could create a video of that scene. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "AI Algorithms Are Generating Videos Out of Thin Air," 26 Feb. 2018 Start typing each letter of the alphabet and see what pops up. 7. Kim Komando, Fox News, "8 clever ways that tech can reveal a cheating spouse," 15 Sep. 2018 Every official greeted and each posy of flowers presented is meticulously scheduled in advance, carefully typed into detailed operational notes carried by palace aides. Omid Scobie, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Duchess Meghan Shared Touching Messages with Vulnerable Women During Bristol Visit," 1 Feb. 2019 One of the iPhone’s most useful 3D Touch features is the ability to turn your keyboard into a trackpad while typing, and with iOS 12, this functionality is coming to handsets without Apple’s pressure-sensitive technology. Jon Porter, The Verge, "iOS keyboard cursor now works on all devices running iOS 12," 24 Sep. 2018

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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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