of a good or benevolent nature or disposition, as a person: a kind and loving person.
having, showing, or proceeding from benevolence: kind words.
Other definitions for kind (2 of 2)
a class or group of individual objects, people, animals, etc., of the same nature or character, or classified together because they have traits in common; category: Our dog is the same kind as theirs.
nature or character as determining likeness or difference between things: These differ in degree rather than in kind.
a person or thing as being of a particular character or class: He is a strange kind of hero.
a more or less adequate example of something; sort: The vines formed a kind of roof.
the nature, or natural disposition or character.
Obsolete. gender; sex.
Kind (or sort ) of as an adverbial modifier meaning “somewhat” occurs in informal speech and writing: Sales have been kind (or sort ) of slow these last few weeks.
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How to use kind in a sentence
After all, he met his husband of 30 years on a return trip to one of his homeland’s villages, the kind of place he once longed to escape.When Dead Beer Walks: A Dane in Vietnam Turns Strange Brew Into Craft Gin | Eugene Robinson | February 12, 2021 | Ozy
Right away we kind of liked to work with each other, and that was always a war.As Kamaru Usman edges toward UFC greatness, his former teammate wants to stop him | Glynn A. Hill | February 12, 2021 | Washington Post
I’m kind of just like wake up, see what our team services guy … has sent us for that day and then just go for it.For first time in three weeks, Capitals could be at full strength Sunday | Samantha Pell | February 11, 2021 | Washington Post
He couldn’t imagine moving in and not having some kind of symbol of their relationship — maybe a ring or something else if she didn’t want to get married.Date Lab: One of our setups is still going strong two years later. We caught up with Willie and Renee for an update. | Marin Cogan | February 11, 2021 | Washington Post
A woman who hears it thinks of a specific kind of danger, and a man who says it thinks of that danger, too.Capitol rioters searched for Nancy Pelosi in a way that should make every woman’s skin crawl | Monica Hesse | February 11, 2021 | Washington Post
Submission is less a novel of ideas than a political book, and of the most subversive kind.Houellebecq’s Incendiary Novel Imagines France With a Muslim President | Pierre Assouline | January 9, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
His discourse is now more detailed: submission, which is the meaning of islam in Arabic, gives him a kind of enjoyment.Houellebecq’s Incendiary Novel Imagines France With a Muslim President | Pierre Assouline | January 9, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Patrick Klugman, the deputy mayor of Paris, said: “We are living our kind of 9/11,” he said.
When I was in Holland, this is the kind of thing people feared.Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Our Duty Is to Keep Charlie Hebdo Alive | Ayaan Hirsi Ali | January 8, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
He appeared to understand however belatedly that he was in the presence of another kind of greatness.
kind of a reception-room in there—guess I know a reception-room from a hole in the wall.
The relation existing between the balmy plant and the commerce of the world is of the strongest kind.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
"She used to be so well—so bright," said Angela, who also appeared to have the desire to say something kind and comfortable.Confidence | Henry James
What he has done in any one species or distinct kind of writing would have been sufficient to have acquired him a great name.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
I tell you, madam, most distinctly and emphatically, that it is bread pudding and the meanest kind at that.'The Book of Anecdotes and Budget of Fun; | Various
British Dictionary definitions for kind (1 of 2)
having a friendly or generous nature or attitude
helpful to others or to another: a kind deed
considerate or humane
cordial; courteous (esp in the phrase kind regards)
pleasant; agreeable; mild: a kind climate
informal beneficial or not harmful: a detergent that is kind to the hands
British Dictionary definitions for kind (2 of 2)
a class or group having characteristics in common; sort; type: two of a kind; what kind of creature?
an instance or example of a class or group, esp a rudimentary one: heating of a kind
essential nature or character: the difference is one of kind rather than degree
archaic gender or sex
archaic nature; the natural order
(of payment) in goods or produce rather than in money
with something of the same sort: to return an insult in kind
kind of informal
(adverb) somewhat; rather: kind of tired
(sentence substitute) used to express reservation or qualified assent: I figured it out. Kind of
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with kind
In addition to the idiom beginning with kind
- kind of
- all kinds of
- in kind
- nothing of the kind
- of a kind
- two of a kind
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