- 1A group of people or things having similar characteristics: all kinds of music more data of this kind would be valuableMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1 [mass noun] Character or nature: the trials were different in kind from any that preceded themMore example sentences
- "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.
- 2Each of the elements (bread and wine) of the Eucharist: communion in both kindsMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1In the same way; with something similar: if he responded positively, they would respond in kindMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2(Of payment) in goods or services as opposed to money.More example sentences
- 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 kindMore example sentences
- 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?
- Used to express disapproval of a certain type of person: I don’t apologize to her kind everMore example sentences
- 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?
- • informal Rather; to some extent: it got kind of cosyMore example sentences
- 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: teaching based on a kind of inspired guessworkMore example sentences
- 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 beforeMore example sentences
- 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.
- Used to express an emphatic denial: ‘He made you do that?’ ‘He did nothing of the kind.’More example sentences
- 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 kindMore example sentences
- 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 popularityMore example sentences
- 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
- Unique.More example sentences
- 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 kindMore example sentences
- 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 kindMore example sentences
- 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.
- (Of cards) having the same face value but of a different suit.More example sentences
- 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.
The plural of kind often causes difficulty. With this or that, speaking of one kind, use a singular construction: this kind of question is not relevant ; that kind of fabric doesn’t need ironing . With these or those, speaking of more than one kind, use a plural construction: we refuse to buy these kinds of books ; I’ve given up those kinds of ideas . The ungrammatical use these kind rather than these kinds (as in these kind of questions are not relevant ) has been recorded since the 14th century, and although often encountered today, it should be avoided.
- 1Having or showing a friendly, generous, and considerate nature: she was a good, kind woman he was very kind to meMore example sentences
- 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 [predic.] Used in a polite request: would you be kind enough to repeat what you said?More example sentences
- 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 (kind to) (Of a consumer product) gentle on (a part of the body): look for rollers that are kind to hairMore example sentences
- 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 or loving.More example sentences
- 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'.