What does kind mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. kind, sort, form, variety(adj)

    a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality

    "sculpture is a form of art"; "what kinds of desserts are there?"

  2. kind(adj)

    having or showing a tender and considerate and helpful nature; used especially of persons and their behavior

    "kind to sick patients"; "a kind master"; "kind words showing understanding and sympathy"; "thanked her for her kind letter"

  3. kind, genial(adj)

    agreeable, conducive to comfort

    "a dry climate kind to asthmatics"; "the genial sunshine";"hot summer pavements are anything but kind to the feet"

  4. kind, tolerant(adj)

    tolerant and forgiving under provocation

    "our neighbor was very kind about the window our son broke"


  1. kind(Noun)

    A type, race or category; a group of entities that have common characteristics such that they may be grouped together.

  2. kind(Noun)

    A makeshift or otherwise atypical specimen.

    The opening served as a kind of window.

  3. kind(Noun)

    One's inherent nature; character, natural disposition.

  4. kind(Noun)

    Goods or services used as payment, as e.g. in a barter.

    to pay in kind

  5. kind(Noun)

    Equivalent means used as response to an action.

    I'll pay in kind for his insult.

  6. kind(Adjective)

    Affectionate, showing benevolence.

  7. kind(Adjective)


  8. kind(Adjective)

    mild, gentle, forgiving

    The years have been kind to Richard Gere; he ages well.

  9. Origin: From cynde, cynd.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Kind

    characteristic of the species; belonging to one's nature; natural; native

  2. Kind

    having feelings befitting our common nature; congenial; sympathetic; as, a kind man; a kind heart

  3. Kind

    showing tenderness or goodness; disposed to do good and confer happiness; averse to hurting or paining; benevolent; benignant; gracious

  4. Kind

    proceeding from, or characterized by, goodness, gentleness, or benevolence; as, a kind act

  5. Kind

    gentle; tractable; easily governed; as, a horse kind in harness

  6. Kind(adj)

    nature; natural instinct or disposition

  7. Kind(adj)

    race; genus; species; generic class; as, in mankind or humankind

  8. Kind(adj)

    nature; style; character; sort; fashion; manner; variety; description; class; as, there are several kinds of eloquence, of style, and of music; many kinds of government; various kinds of soil, etc

  9. Kind(verb)

    to beget

  10. Origin: [See Kin.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Kind

    kīnd, n. those of kin, a race: sort or species, a particular variety: nature: style, method of action, character: produce, as distinguished from money.—adj. having the feelings natural for those of the same family: disposed to do good to others: benevolent.—adj. Kind′-heart′ed.—n. Kind′-heart′edness.—adj. Kind′less (Shak.), destitute of kindness, unnatural.—n. Kind′ness.—adj. Kind′-spok′en, spoken kindly: given to speaking kindly.—Kind of (coll.), somewhat, to some extent—used adverbially with adjectives and even verbs.—Do one's kind (Shak.), to act according to one's nature; In a kind, in a way, to some extent; In kind, payment in goods instead of money. [A.S. cyndecynn, kin.]

  2. Kind

    kind, v.t. (Spens.) to beget. [From kin.]

Editors Contribution

  1. kind

    A type or variety.

    The shoes were of the kind you would wear as often as you could as they were so beautiful.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 15, 2020  
  2. kind

    To care and share.

    The community were so kind, they all united to ensure everyone had a fair share of the community allotment food.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 15, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'kind' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #433

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'kind' in Written Corpus Frequency: #346

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'kind' in Nouns Frequency: #100

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'kind' in Adjectives Frequency: #714

Anagrams for kind »

  1. dink, DINK

  2. DINK

How to pronounce kind?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of kind in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of kind in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of kind in a Sentence

  1. William Shakespeare:

    Cruel to be kind

  2. Mickey Hart:

    Be kind, be kind.

  3. Edmund Lee:

    I kind of feel bad.

  4. Ted Cruz:

    Jim is one of a kind.

  5. Debasish Mridha, M.D.:

    Never fear to be kind.

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