What does kind mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. kind, sort, form, varietyadjective

    a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality

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

  2. kindadjective

    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, genialadjective

    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, tolerantadjective

    tolerant and forgiving under provocation

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


  1. kindnoun

    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. kindnoun

    A makeshift or otherwise atypical specimen.

    The opening served as a kind of window.

    Etymology: From cynde, cynd.

  3. kindnoun

    One's inherent nature; character, natural disposition.

    Etymology: From cynde, cynd.

  4. kindnoun

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

    to pay in kind

    Etymology: From cynde, cynd.

  5. kindnoun

    Equivalent means used as response to an action.

    I'll pay in kind for his insult.

    Etymology: From cynde, cynd.

  6. kindadjective

    Affectionate, showing benevolence.

    Etymology: From cynde, cynd.

  7. kindadjective


    Etymology: From cynde, cynd.

  8. kindadjective

    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. Kindadjective

    nature; natural instinct or disposition

    Etymology: [See Kin.]

  7. Kindadjective

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

    Etymology: [See Kin.]

  8. Kindadjective

    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. Kindverb

    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. Sig Hansen:

    We were in the dark and then we had to rely on each other, you know, which was a really different -- and it kind of brought me back to the good old days because we did do a lot more communicating back then and now it's to each his own, and so it's been different.

  2. Roger McGuinn:

    I was raised a Roman Catholic and had to go to the eight o'clock Mass every morning and have communion and wear a tie, kind of like a restricted life style. Then in the '60s, we got wild and let it go and started looking in other places to see where God really was, and I came back to the Christian thing.

  3. Lexy Whitmore:

    So when the guy hit the foul ball, it came down, i saw it bounce, and it -- honestly, it just kind of came right to me -- I didn't think it was like this amazing catch -- and I didn't think it would go viral. But it, you know, came to me and there was no doubt in my mind that I wasn't gonna catch it.

  4. Nathan Hrushkin:

    It's pretty amazing to find something that's like real, like an actual dinosaur discovery, it's kind of been my dream for a while.

  5. Yumi Ishikawa:

    It would be great if the country had a similar kind of campaign about high heels.

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