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


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

Other Words from type


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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Their voices, no longer drowned out by traffic and tractors, created the type of palpable buzz inside the arena that only a season opener can generate. John Marshall, ajc, 7 May 2022 Plus: New research from the Rand Corp. suggests that group shelters — the type of housing that multiple candidates have as the centerpiece of their homelessness plans — is not a preferred destination among homeless people. Benjamin Oreskes, Los Angeles Times, 7 May 2022 Alice Tully, Lincoln Center’s concert hall, and its cathedral-sized pipe organ that flanks the stage matched the type of spiritual, ceremonial energy Welch and her band brought to the show. Brittany Spanos, Rolling Stone, 7 May 2022 This is another place where a B2B e-commerce platform can help—by allowing brands to tag their styles to indicate the type of material or sourcing practice. Kristin Savilia, Forbes, 6 May 2022 This time the boards belonged to the 76ers, who offered the type of muscle coach Doc Rivers had implored in the series’ first two games, muscle Embiid provided in Game 3. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 6 May 2022 There are many different types of CBD, but the most effective type for reducing blood pressure is CBD isolate. The Salt Lake Tribune, 6 May 2022 On the other side of the globe, a cargo ship carrying the same type of ammo from St. Petersburg docked in Philadelphia. Nick Penzenstadler, USA TODAY, 5 May 2022 There are a few different costume versions of Spider-Man Noir, a Great Depression-era Peter Park, but there is one that features the type of face covering that Comic-Con is looking for. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Snap says users must be 13 or older, but the app, like many other platforms, doesn’t use an age-verification system, so any child who knows how to type a fake birthday can create an account. Washington Post, 5 May 2022 Use the podcast search feature to type in inclusive leadership and consume differing perspectives and conversations on the topic. Simone E. Morris, Forbes, 30 Apr. 2022 Safety advocates say errors like these could be prevented by requiring nurses to type in at least five letters of a drug’s name when searching hospital cabinets. Brett Kelman, CNN, 28 Apr. 2022 And while the game will also support handheld controllers, a keyboard will still be needed to type messages to other players on PC. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, 25 Apr. 2022 In a statement, his longtime friend and publicist Glenn Schwartz confirmed that Gottfried died of recurrent ventricular tachycardia due to type 2 myotonic dystrophy. Los Angeles Times, 14 Apr. 2022 One of my favourite skin-care ingredients is hyaluronic acid (which is so much easier to type than to pronounce). Megan Decker, refinery29.com, 17 Mar. 2022 But Russia has long had the habit of accompanying external aggression with domestic repression, and the Kremlin has played to type, cracking down on internal dissent. Richard Fontaine, WSJ, 11 Mar. 2022 When on a phone call, users will now be able to type back responses that will be read out loud on the other end of the call. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 7 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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\ 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


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 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


transitive verb
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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