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kind 1

Pronunciation: /kīnd/


1A group of people or things having similar characteristics: all kinds of music a new kind of education more data of this kind would be valuable
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  • It is one of those CD's that you want to keep playing and playing, the kind where you family tell you that they have heard it enough.
  • He didn't seem the kind of guy who would just get talking to a stranger.
  • We try to compensate for our natural sinfulness by performing good works of various kinds.
1.1Character; nature: the trials were different in kind from any that preceded them true to kind
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  • "In a straightforward case, such as the threat of violence or something of that kind, people should go to the police, " he said.
  • Companionship of the same kind was therefore required for him, for he was not intended to be an isolated being.
  • In the final analysis, the ideology of radical diversity surreptitiously promotes a political program of the same kind.
character, nature, essence, quality, disposition, makeup;
type, style, stamp, manner, description, mold, cast, temperament, ilk, stripe
1.2Each of the elements (bread and wine) of the Eucharist: communion in both kinds
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  • Many practices that were part of pre-Vatican II Roman Catholicism, such as communion in one kind for the laity and eastward-facing celebrations, have not died out, as Anglicans sometimes think.
  • He recognized three sacraments: baptism, the Eucharist in both kinds, and penitence.


1 Kind of is sometimes used to be deliberately vague: it was kind of a big evening; I was kind of hoping you’d call. More often it reveals an inability to speak clearly: he’s kind of, like, inarticulate, you know? Used precisely, it means ‘sort’ or ‘type’: a maple is a kind of tree. 2 The plural of kind often causes difficulty. With this or that, speaking of one kind, use a singular construction: this kind of cake is my favorite; that kind of fabric doesn’t need ironing. With these or those, speaking of more than one kind, use a plural construction: these kinds of guitars are very expensive; those kinds of animals ought to be left in the wild. Although often encountered, sentences such as I don’t like these kind of things are incorrect. The same recommendations apply to sort and sorts.



in kind

In the same way; with something similar: if he responded positively, they would respond in kind
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  • Only the possibility that she might be a member of my congregation prevented me from responding in kind.
  • He was about to become engaged to a maiden named Luscinda, whom he had loved since childhood and who returned his feelings in kind.
  • In kind, I ask him to withdraw and apologise because I do not like his claiming that I am a stooge of anyone else.
1.1(Of payment) in goods or services as opposed to money.
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  • Most transactions between Bell and the company were work for payment in kind rather than for cash.
  • Some nations responded instantly by pledging emergency aid in money and in kind.
  • Muslims are instructed by the Koran to give to the poor in money or in kind on a regular basis.

one's (own) kind

People with whom one has a great deal in common: we stick with our own kind
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  • If this is you, then fine, enjoy the national anthem and the commercials and the halftime show on Sunday, but please do it with your own kind.
  • Is it possible to be prejudiced towards your own kind?
  • But why are these individuals haunting the most liberal blogs on the net to gloat instead of celebrating their victory with their own kind?

someone's kind

Used to express disapproval of a certain type of person: I don’t apologize to her kind ever
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  • He then became very hostile, calling her a devil-worshipper and shouting that ‘her kind’ had no business coming into a Christian center.
  • Their kind could never have survived the public scrutiny of commercialized fame.
  • When did they start letting your kind in here?

kind of

informal Rather; to some extent (often expressing vagueness or used as a meaningless filler): it got kind of cozy
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  • With just six days worth of posts from the twenty-plus day shoot, the weblog's kind of slight, but it makes for good reading.
  • Jay's kind of working as a field correspondent.
  • Personally, I think she's kind of an idiot.

a kind of

Something resembling (used to express vagueness or moderate a statement): teaching based on a kind of inspired guesswork
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  • One couple you saw who wanted to do this inspired in you almost a kind of moral outrage.
  • For many of her type and generation, prevention from celebrity is a kind of jail.
  • By the time we came along, she had a kind of love-hate relationship with the church.

nothing of the kind

Not at all like the thing in question: my son had done nothing of the kind before
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  • The so-called questions are nothing of the kind.
  • The fact that the minister in question did nothing of the kind enraged other MPs.
  • Vilified by his detractors as an uncritical apologist for the Arabs, he was nothing of the kind.
6.1Used to express an emphatic denial: “He made you do that?” “He did nothing of the kind.”
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  • Again, and of course, I said nothing of the kind.
  • Well, some data we have shows nothing of the kind.
  • Now it turns out they knew nothing of the kind but assured us they did anyway.

of its kind

Within the limitations of its class: this new building was no doubt excellent of its kind
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  • The book may be excellent of its kind, but not something that the publisher wishes to deal with.
  • The first mission of its kind, its goal was to provide clues as to the origins of our solar system.
  • It is the first early-warning system for heart attacks of its kind in Britain.

of a kind

Used to indicate that something is not as good as it might be expected to be: there is tribute, of a kind, in such popularity
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  • There are more than a half a dozen candidates for the presidency, so there is democracy of a kind.
  • Except that we do have special status, of a kind, with the federal government.
  • Though the Tory move shows boldness of a kind, it is not the only party that is rethinking.

one of a kind

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  • The child is no longer a unique creation - one of a kind - but rather an engineered reproduction.
  • This score remains a singular achievement - a unique, one of a kind opera.
  • Rollins may be one of a kind - an unusual mix of the analytical, cerebral, creative, and spiritual.

something of the kind

Something like the thing in question: they had always suspected something of the kind
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  • The first bar was playing some loud rap music, while the one on the other side was blaring some Euro-disco or something of the kind.
  • Case 2 is kidnap and slavery, or something of the kind.
  • Well, I think it's fair to say we were all expecting something of the kind.

two (or three, four, etc.) of a kind

The same or very similar: she and her sister were two of a kind
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  • I myself had doubts at first until I went further in and found clothes that are two of a kind.
  • You're two of a kind - genetically designed to get into trouble - and all we bystanders can do is pick up the pieces and try to stick them back together again afterward.
  • Lizzie, can't you tell, we're two of a kind.
11.1(Of cards) having the same face value but of a different suit.
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  • Since the front hand has only 3 cards, only three hand types are possible: three of a kind; one pair; high card.
  • Also once you have made your meld you can then play sets of 3 of a kind.
11.2A hand consisting of cards having the same face value but in different suits.
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  • You can now draw five of a kind, a combination that's even rarer than a straight flush.
  • If you are dealt three of a kind or four of a kind, set your hand down immediately.
  • An honour hand is a four of a kind plus a card or a straight flush.


Old English cynd(e), gecynd(e), of Germanic origin; related to kin. The original sense was 'nature, the natural order,' also 'innate character, form, or condition' (compare with kind2); hence 'a class or race distinguished by innate characteristics'.

  • In Old English the original senses of kind were ‘nature, the natural order’, and ‘innate character’, which led to our use of the word for ‘a class or type of similar people or things’. Kind is also related to kin (Old English) and through it to king. In medieval times it was used as an adjective to mean ‘well born’, and the association of good breeding with good manners in turn gave us the familiar meaning of ‘considerate and generous’.

Words that rhyme with kind

affined, behind, bind, blind, find, hind, humankind, interwind, mankind, mind, nonaligned, resigned, rind, unaligned, unassigned, unconfined, undefined, undersigned, undesigned, unlined, unrefined, unsigned, wynd

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Pronunciation: /kīnd/


1Having or showing a friendly, generous, and considerate nature: she was a good, kind woman he was very kind to me
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  • In its most direct form, hospitality refers to a kindness to visitors: a friendly welcome and a kind or generous treatment offered to guests or strangers.
  • The Chaplain was kind and polite and tried his level best to be decent.
  • Ken, a reader and walker, has written a kind letter to me and has requested more routes south of York.
1.1 [predicative] Used in a polite request: would you be kind enough to repeat what you said?
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  • Perhaps François will be kind enough to refill our glasses a final time.
  • I wonder if you'd be kind enough to address my concerns?
  • Please be so kind as to let me know how I can get this wonderful magazine.
1.2 [predicative] (kind to) (Of a consumer product) gentle on (a part of the body): look for rollers that are kind to hair
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  • Use vegetable-based soaps in the kitchen and bath; they're much kinder to your skin than harsh detergents or soaps.
  • The tissues are kind to your nose.
  • Jonathan chose two different shades of dye, which had the added bonus of being tinted colour, as opposed to bleach, and so kinder to my hair.
1.3 archaic Affectionate; loving.
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  • Her family were her priority and she was a wonderful loving and kind wife and mother.
  • She was always a kind and loving mother to the twins.
  • Everyone besides Christy saw a kind, loving mother concerned for her daughter.


Old English gecynde 'natural, native'; in Middle English the earliest sense is 'well born or well bred', whence 'well disposed by nature, courteous, gentle, benevolent'.

  • In Old English the original senses of kind were ‘nature, the natural order’, and ‘innate character’, which led to our use of the word for ‘a class or type of similar people or things’. Kind is also related to kin (Old English) and through it to king. In medieval times it was used as an adjective to mean ‘well born’, and the association of good breeding with good manners in turn gave us the familiar meaning of ‘considerate and generous’.

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