What does kind mean?

Definitions for kind

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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.

  2. kindnoun

    A makeshift or otherwise atypical specimen.

    The opening served as a kind of window.

  3. kindnoun

    One's inherent nature; character, natural disposition.

  4. kindnoun

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

    to pay in kind

  5. kindnoun

    Equivalent means used as response to an action.

    I'll pay in kind for his insult.

  6. kindadjective

    Affectionate, showing benevolence.

  7. kindadjective


  8. kindadjective

    mild, gentle, forgiving

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

  9. Etymology: From cynde, cynd.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. KINDadjective

    Etymology: from cynne, relation, Saxon.

    By the kind gods, ’tis most ignobly done
    To pluck me by the beard. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    Some of the ancients, like kind hearted men, have talked much of annual refrigeriums, or intervals of punishment to the damned, as particularly on the great festivals of the resurrection and ascension. Robert South, Sermons.

    He is kind to the unthankful and evil. Lu. vi. 35.

  2. Kindnoun

    Etymology: cynne, Saxon.

    Thus far we have endeavoured in part to open of what nature and force laws are, according to their kinds. Richard Hooker.

    As when the total kind
    Of birds, in orderly array on wing,
    Came summon’d over Eden, to receive
    Their names of Thee. John Milton, Parad. Lost, b. vi.

    That both are animalia,
    I grant; but not rationalia;
    For though they do agree in kind,
    Specifick difference we find. Hudibras, p. i.

    God and nature do not principally concern themselves in the preservation of particulars, but of kinds and companies. Robert South, Sermons.

    He with his wife were only left behind
    Of perish’d man; they two were human kind. Dryden.

    I instance some acts of virtue common to Heathens and Christians; but I suppose them to be performed by Christians, after a more sublime manner than ever they were among the Heathens; and even when they do not differ in kind from moral virtues, yet differ in the degrees of perfection. Francis Atterbury.

    He, with a hundred arts refin’d,
    Shall stretch thy conquests over half the kind. Alexander Pope.

    No human laws are exempt from faults, since those that have been looked upon as most perfect in their kind, have been found, upon enquiry, to have so many. Thomas Baker.

    He did, by edict, give the goods of all the prisoners unto those that had taken them, either to take them in kind, or compound for them. Francis Bacon, Henry VII.

    The tax upon tillage was often levied in kind upon corn, and called decumæ, or tithes. John Arbuthnot, on Coins.

    The skilful shepherd peel’d me certain wands,
    And in the doing of the deed of kind,
    He stuck them up before the fulsome ewes. William Shakespeare.

    Some of you, on pure instinct of nature,
    Are led by kind t’ admire your fellow-creature. Dryden.

    Send me your prisoners with the speediest means,
    Or you shall hear in such a kind from me
    As will displease you. William Shakespeare, Henry IV.

    This will encourage industrious improvements, because many will rather venture in that kind than take five in the hundred. Francis Bacon, Essays.

    Diogenes was asked, in a kind of scorn, what was the matter that philosophers haunted rich men, and not rich men philosophers? He answered, because the one knew what they wanted, the other did not. Francis Bacon.


  1. kind

    Kind is an adjective that describes someone who is considerate, empathetic, and compassionate towards others, showing a genuine willingness to help and support them without expecting anything in return.

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. Kindadjective

    nature; natural instinct or disposition

  7. Kindadjective

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

  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

  9. Kindverb

    to beget

  10. 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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  1. KIND

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. KIND

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Kind is ranked #17789 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Kind surname appeared 1,574 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Kind.

    83.6% or 1,316 total occurrences were White.
    13.4% or 212 total occurrences were Black.
    1.5% or 24 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.7% or 11 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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

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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. Kirill Dmitriev:

    So what others are starting to do with this kind of trial is to follow our steps.

  2. Photographer Ken Hermann:

    (The flower sellers) woke my curiosity. But at that time, I didn't really have the time to do the project, and this idea just kind of stuck in my head for almost two years.

  3. Mark To:

    Gold prices are feeling some kind of pressure because of the increasing easing of risk aversion, people have formed expectations that central banks worldwide have to include more stimulus packages in their monetary policies, leading to risk asset appreciation.

  4. Candace Rondeaux:

    One tends to think that Putin is this diabolical man who controls all the things inside and outside of the Kremlin. That’s kind of true. He definitely has a lot of power over state agencies. He has a lot of power over business enterprises throughout the country and therefore the wealth of the country, but there’s something deeper here. Russia’s oligarchy, its mafia class and its security class have started to fuse to the point where you cannot untangle them from each other and they need each other.

  5. Chip Walter:

    What you may see in a child that's six months of age may differ from what you see in a child that's 3 years of age versus a child who's 8 years of age, or versus an adolescent who's 13 or 14. So, you really kind of need to take each age separately and evaluate the vaccines.

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