type

noun, often attributive
\ ˈtīp How to pronounce type (audio) \

Essential Meaning of type

1 : a particular kind or group of things or people What type [=sort] of food do you like? We were not prepared to face this type of crisis. See More ExamplesWe studied various types of trees. a seedless type of orange Allergies of this type [=kind] are common. He only likes two types of music. She likes all types of books.Hide
2 : a particular kind of person She's a real outdoors type. [=she loves hiking, camping, etc., in the outdoors] The dinner guests were mostly urban types. [=people who lived in the city] See More ExamplesHe's not her type. [=he is not the kind of man she is attracted to] Her mother is not the type to complain. [=she does not often complain]Hide
3 : printed letters italic type

Full Definition of type

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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 type (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 The business can’t afford to provide the type of health care its employees need. Rose Wagner, baltimoresun.com, 11 Oct. 2021 Lee may have been playing against type for too long. Patrick Frater, Variety, 11 Oct. 2021 But the show has never let that happen, and kept a brother-sister type relationship between them, for the most part. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 11 Oct. 2021 Type 2 diabetes: This type accounts for most cases of diabetes and is usually diagnosed in adults. Sarah Bradley, Health.com, 11 Oct. 2021 Hayes, whose district includes Sandy Hook, is a chief sponsor of a measure that directs federal departments to track data related to school shootings, from a shooter’s demographics to the type of weapon used. Daniela Altimari, courant.com, 11 Oct. 2021 There were no breaks in the main character the host was there to portray, no playing against type. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, 10 Oct. 2021 In one of the most effective set of objects in the show, King presents snippets of scripture or political expressions in small type amid large framed sheets of paper, with slight edits that create new meanings. Steven Litt, cleveland, 10 Oct. 2021 That type of duration could have stifled the number of screenings the film had, despite opening in 4,407 theaters. Frank Pallotta, CNN, 10 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb It can also be opened and used like a book, or placed down like a laptop when users want to type out emails, for example. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, 22 Sep. 2021 Donors of all blood types, particularly type O, are needed. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Sep. 2021 After more than a decade of conditioning people to type in addresses and search terms at the top of webpages, Apple decided to move the Safari address bar to the bottom of the screen. Washington Post, 20 Sep. 2021 As a vaccine reference, vaccines.gov allows people to type in their ZIP code and search for a vaccination site within 1 mile, 5 miles, 10 miles, 25 miles or 50 miles. Alexandra Kukulka, chicagotribune.com, 1 Sep. 2021 Multiple-choice hotspots or interactive text boxes allow viewers to select or type an answer to a question within the video itself. Matthew Lopes, Forbes, 31 Aug. 2021 The new treadmill will include several safety features, such as a four-digit passcode users must type before activating the device, and a physical safety key to operate the treadmill. Editors, USA TODAY, 30 Aug. 2021 If Oduye was at work, Spooky didn’t type, tweet or text. James Queally, Los Angeles Times, 26 Aug. 2021 To do this, type in a specific city as your destination. Yoni Heisler, BGR, 4 Aug. 2021

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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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Last Updated

13 Oct 2021

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“Type.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/type. Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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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

type

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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