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.

    Etymology: From cynde, cynd.

  2. kind(Noun)

    A makeshift or otherwise atypical specimen.

    The opening served as a kind of window.

    Etymology: From cynde, cynd.

  3. kind(Noun)

    One's inherent nature; character, natural disposition.

    Etymology: From cynde, cynd.

  4. kind(Noun)

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

    to pay in kind

    Etymology: From cynde, cynd.

  5. kind(Noun)

    Equivalent means used as response to an action.

    I'll pay in kind for his insult.

    Etymology: From cynde, cynd.

  6. kind(Adjective)

    Affectionate, showing benevolence.

    Etymology: From cynde, cynd.

  7. kind(Adjective)


    Etymology: From cynde, cynd.

  8. kind(Adjective)

    mild, gentle, forgiving

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

    Etymology: From cynde, cynd.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Kind

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

    Etymology: [See Kin.]

  2. Kind

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

    Etymology: [See Kin.]

  3. Kind

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

    Etymology: [See Kin.]

  4. Kind

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

    Etymology: [See Kin.]

  5. Kind

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

    Etymology: [See Kin.]

  6. Kind(adj)

    nature; natural instinct or disposition

    Etymology: [See Kin.]

  7. Kind(adj)

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

    Etymology: [See Kin.]

  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

    Etymology: [See Kin.]

  9. Kind(verb)

    to beget

    Etymology: [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 love and be generous.

    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

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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. Martha MacCallum:

    This kind of stuff just smacks of that totally uncomfortable feeling when you feel like someone is trying to be, like, part of a protected class.

  2. Harry Litman:

    The complication of the past 24 hours with the Paul Manafort plea agreement having imploded almost sets the table with a circumstantial case of obstruction, any pardon now would look like a reward to Paul Manafort for an extraordinary kind of double-cross of the prosecutor here both promising to be truthful and not being so, then funneling information to Donald Trump -- which I can not tell you how extraordinary it is.

  3. Michael Bromwich:

    It really is kind of a reign of terror that is unleashed for the IG community and at a time when their oversight is more needed and more necessary than frankly any time that I can remember, that is bad for everyone, but it's worse for the public.

  4. Donald Trump:

    It’s not a hoax, it’s a strategy and marketing 101 ! senator Stabenow and I do share a love of music, although probably not the same kind.

  5. Sarah Palin:

    It is kind of sad to hear that he and or someone speaking for him does have regrets, and I hope that he finds that kind of peace and contentment also to be able to look back on decisions and realize, really, things work out the way that they're supposed to work out.

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