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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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 Mint and mango pods bought in downtown Los Angeles contained one type of synthetic marijuana. Washington Post, "Some CBD vapes contain street drug instead of the real thing," 18 Sep. 2019 Mint and mango pods bought in downtown Los Angeles contained one type of synthetic marijuana. Author: Holbrook Mohr, Anchorage Daily News, "State authorities concerned by street drug in some CBD vapes," 17 Sep. 2019 Porizkova did not say what type of surgery Ocasek was recovering from. CBS News, "Wife recounts finding Ric Ocasek after he died: "I touched his cheek"," 17 Sep. 2019 Mint and mango pods bought in downtown Los Angeles contained one type of synthetic marijuana. BostonGlobe.com, "That’s because what he was vaping didn’t have any CBD, the suddenly popular compound extracted from the cannabis plant that marketers say can treat a range of ailments without getting users high. Instead, the oil was spiked with a powerful street drug.," 17 Sep. 2019 Chicago police were investigating the armed robbery of three women in the South Loop Sunday night by a man wearing some type of white mask, authorities said. Katherine Rosenberg-douglas, chicagotribune.com, "3 women robbed at gunpoint in South Loop by man wearing mask, police say," 16 Sep. 2019 Just going to an Alabama game, growing up in Tuscaloosa, going to University of Alabama, what type of experience that really is. Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al, "Hannah Brown tells us about ‘Dancing with the Stars’, her old gameday routine and what she loves about Alabama," 16 Sep. 2019 These types of crimes can have an enormous impact on a victim, that person’s family and friends, and our entire community. oregonlive, "Former Oregon security guard gets 7 years for racist rant, attack in Portland," 16 Sep. 2019 Policies are being written throughout the country to address these types of issues and our community is not exempt. Bird Brown, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Bird Brown: It’s time to get in front of social media’s dark side," 15 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Just typing the words tastes of absurd blasphemy, like a gluten-free cake convention or something equally offensive. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, "Alabama doesn’t need to run the ball anymore," 15 Sep. 2019 So in the dark of the night, Ohrnberger started typing. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Ex-Chargers lineman Rich Ohrnberger sheds light on Andrew Luck decision," 27 Aug. 2019 People who are susceptible to cancer misinformation aren’t just typing keywords into YouTube. Abby Ohlheiser, Washington Post, "They turn to Facebook and YouTube to find a cure for cancer — and get sucked into a world of bogus medicine," 25 June 2019 The pair saw that Hall's prescription called for 5mg tablets of methadone but a technician typed it in the computer system as 10mg. Cary Spivak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "After botched prescription refill, Wisconsin pharmacist settles with widower for $325,0000," 8 Feb. 2018 Eman was active in the movement, typing out BBC broadcasts that the Nazis declared forbidden, transporting supplies and papers to safe houses, and even orchestrating missions to steal government ration cards. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Diet Eman, the Dutch Resistance Fighter Who Helped Jews Escape the Nazis, Has Died at 99," 9 Sep. 2019 It's used to identify and type gemstones, including diamonds and emeralds. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Crazy Powerful Optical Ruler Measures All the Way Down to the Nanoscale," 6 Sep. 2019 The younger, more radical demonstrators remained, typing furiously into their phones or clumping together for muttered consultations. Megan K. Stack, The New Yorker, "Bravery and Nihilism Amid the Protests in Hong Kong," 31 Aug. 2019 The only two exceptions to this law are transactional or relationship type messages, or non-commercial messages such as political surveys or fundraising messages. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, "6 clever ways to quash robotext spam messages before it’s too late," 29 Aug. 2019

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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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6 Nov 2019

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The first known use of type was in the 15th century

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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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