verb (used with object), typed, typ·ing.

verb (used without object), typed, typ·ing.

to typewrite.

Origin of type

1425–75; late Middle English: symbol, figure (< Middle French) < Latin typus bas-relief, ground plan < Greek týpos blow, impression
Related formsmis·type, verb, mis·typed, mis·typ·ing.mis·typed, adjectivepre·type, verb (used with object), pre·typed, pre·typ·ing.re·type, verb (used with object), re·typed, re·typ·ing.un·typed, adjectivewell-typed, adjective
Can be confusedkind sort type (see usage note at kind2) (see usage note at the current entry)

Synonyms for type

Usage note

2. When preceded by a modifier, type meaning “kind, sort” is sometimes used without a following of: This type furnace uses very little current. In writing, a hyphen is often placed between type and the preceding word or words: a magnetic-type holder; a New England-type corn pudding. This construction is frequently criticized by usage guides; it is most typical of journalistic writing and advertising and occurs rarely in formal speech or writing. In almost all cases the construction can be rendered fully standard either by restoring of after type, with no hyphen ( this type of furnace; a New England type of corn pudding ) or by omitting type altogether ( a magnetic holder).


a suffix representing type (prototype), especially in names of photographic processes: ferrotype.
Compare typo-.
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Examples from the Web for type

Contemporary Examples of type

Historical Examples of type

  • Mr. Forest cannot find the type of girl he wishes for the part.

  • He took children as the type of what people should try to become.

    De Profundis

    Oscar Wilde

  • He took sabbatarianism as a type of the things that should be set at nought.

    De Profundis

    Oscar Wilde

  • This was the first apparatus which printed a telegram in type.

  • Changes in spelling, use of capitals, punctuation and type are not recorded.

    Maid Marian

    Thomas Love Peacock

British Dictionary definitions for type



a kind, class, or category, the constituents of which share similar characteristics
a subdivision of a particular class of things or people; sortwhat type of shampoo do you use?
the general form, plan, or design distinguishing a particular group
informal a person who typifies a particular qualityhe's the administrative type
informal a person, esp of a specified kindhe's a strange type
  1. a small block of metal or more rarely wood bearing a letter or character in relief for use in printing
  2. such pieces collectively
characters printed from type; print
  1. the taxonomic group the characteristics of which are used for defining the next highest group, for example Rattus norvegicus (brown rat) is the type species of the rat genus Rattus
  2. (as modifier)a type genus; a type species
the characteristic device on a coin
linguistics a symbol regarded as standing for the class of all symbols identical to itCompare token (def. 8)
logic a class of expressions or of the entities they represent that can all enter into the same syntactic relations. The theory of types was advanced by Bertrand Russell to avoid the liar paradox, Russell's paradox, etc
philosophy a universal. If a sentence always has the same meaning whenever it is used, the meaning is said to be a property of the sentence-typeCompare token (def. 9)
mainly Christian theol a figure, episode, or symbolic factor resembling some future reality in such a way as to foreshadow or prefigure it
rare a distinctive sign or mark


to write (copy) on a typewriter
(tr) to be a symbol of; typify
(tr) to decide the type of; clarify into a type
(tr) med to determine the blood group of (a blood sample)
(tr) mainly Christian theol to foreshadow or serve as a symbol of (some future reality)

Word Origin for type

C15: from Latin typus figure, from Greek tupos image, from tuptein to strike


noun, combining form

type or formarchetype
printing type or photographic processcollotype

Word Origin for -type

from Latin -typus, from Greek -typos, from tupos type
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Word Origin and History for type

late 15c., "symbol, emblem," from Latin typus "figure, image, form, kind," from Greek typos "dent, impression, mark, figure, original form," from root of typtein "to strike, beat," from PIE root *(s)teu- "to strike, cut, hew" (see steep (adj.)). Extended 1713 to printing blocks with letters carved on them. The meaning "general form or character of some kind, class" is first in English 1843, though it had that sense in Latin and Greek. To be someone's type "be the sort of person that person is attracted to" is recorded from 1934.


"to write with a typewriter," 1888; see type (n.). Related: Typed; typing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for type




A number of people or things having in common traits or characteristics that distinguish them as a group or class.
The general character or structure held in common by a number of people or things considered as a group or class.
A person or thing having the features of a group or class.
An example or a model having the ideal features of a group or class.
A taxonomic group, especially a genus or species, chosen as the representative example in characterizing the larger taxonomic group to which it belongs.
The specimen on which the original description and naming of a taxon is based.


To determine the antigenic characteristics of a blood or tissue sample.
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