kind

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[ kahynd ]
/ kaɪnd /
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adjective, kind·er, kind·est.

of a good or benevolent nature or disposition, as a person: a kind and loving person.
having, showing, or proceeding from benevolence: kind words.
indulgent, considerate, or helpful; humane (often followed by to): to be kind to animals.
mild; gentle; clement: kind weather.
British Dialect. loving; affectionate.

Origin of kind

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before 900; Middle English kind(e) natural, well-disposed, Old English gecynde natural, genial1. See kind2
SYNONYMS FOR kind
1 mild, benign, benignant, gentle, tender, compassionate. Kind, gracious, kindhearted, kindly imply a sympathetic attitude toward others, and a willingness to do good or give pleasure. Kind implies a deep-seated characteristic shown either habitually or on occasion by considerate behavior: a kind father. Gracious often refers to kindness from a superior or older person to a subordinate, an inferior, a child, etc.: a gracious monarch. Kindhearted implies an emotionally sympathetic nature, sometimes easily imposed upon: a kindhearted old woman. Kindly, a mild word, refers usually to general disposition, appearance, manner, etc.: a kindly face.
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British Dictionary definitions for kindest (1 of 2)

kind

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/ (kaɪnd) /

adjective

Word Origin for kind

Old English gecynde natural, native; see kind ²

British Dictionary definitions for kindest (2 of 2)

kind

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/ (kaɪnd) /

noun

Word Origin for kind

Old English gecynd nature; compare Old English cyn kin, Gothic kuni race, Old High German kikunt, Latin gens

usage

The mixture of plural and singular constructions, although often used informally with kind and sort, should be avoided in serious writing: children enjoy those kinds (not those kind) of stories; these sorts (not these sort) of distinctions are becoming blurred
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Idioms and Phrases with kindest

kind


In addition to the idiom beginning with kind

  • kind of

also see:

  • all kinds of
  • in kind
  • nothing of the kind
  • of a kind
  • two of a kind
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