kind1 W1S1 [kaınd] n
[: Old English; Origin: cynd]
1.) [U and C]
one of the different types of a person or thing that belong to the same group
= ↑sort, ↑type kind of
They sell all kinds of things.
The flowers attract several different kinds of insects.
Certain kinds of medical care are more expensive than others.
Greg was working on some kind of deal in Italy.
Get me a sandwich - any kind will do.
You can't get in unless you're wearing the right kind of clothes.
This is hypocrisy of the worst kind .
It is the biggest centre of its kind .
What kind of food do you want?
I like yoga, aerobics, and that kind of thing .
This is precisely the kind of sensational attitude I most deplore.
see usage notetype1
2.) the kind
used to describe a person with a particular character, feelings, opinions etc
Ted just isn't the marrying kind.
Rob isn't the kind of person to worry.
3.) kind of
kinda AmE spoken slightly but not exactly, or in some ways
= ↑sort of
I'm kind of glad I didn't win.
He's kinda dumb, isn't he?
4.) a kind of (a) sth
spoken used to say that your description of something is not exact
a kind of reddish-brown color
5.) two/three etc of a kind
two, three etc people or things that are very similar
You and Joe are two of a kind.
6.) one of a kind
the only one of a particular type of thing
Each plate is handpainted and one of a kind.
7.) sth of the/that kind
spoken something similar to what was expected or talked about
Rosa was shocked by the news, although she had suspected something of the kind might happen.
8.) nothing/anything of the kind
spoken used to emphasize that what has been said is not true
I never said anything of the kind!
9.) of a kind
used to say that something is not as good as it should be
Elections of a kind are held, but there is only one party to vote for.
10.) in kind
reacting to something someone has done by doing the same thing
After recent bombings, counter-terrorist forces could retaliate in kind.
payment in kind atpayment
COLLOCATES for sense 1
all kinds/every kind
different/various kinds
a certain/particular kind
some kind
any kind
the same kind
the right kind
the worst kind
of its/their kind
of this kind
what kind (of something)?
that kind of thing
precisely/exactly the kind (that)
kind 2
kind2 S3 adj comparative kinder superlative kindest
[: Old English; Origin: gecynde 'natural']
1.) saying or doing things that show that you care about other people and want to help them or make them happy
≠ ↑unkind
→↑kindly, kindness ↑kindness kind to
They've been very kind to me.
It wasn't a very kind thing to say.
She's a very kind and generous person.
it's kind of sb (to do sth)
It's kind of you to say that.
It's really kind of them to let us use their pool.
We thanked the priest for his kind words .
Thank you for your help. You've been most kind (=said when thanking someone very politely) .
thank you for your kind invitation/offer
(=said when thanking someone very politely for their invitation or offer)
Ms Jarvis is unable to accept your kind invitation .
Thank you for your kind offer .
2.) not causing harm or suffering
kind to
Life has been very kind to me.
I need a soap that's kinder to my skin.
Let's hope the weather's kind tomorrow.
3.) would you be kind enough to do sth/be so kind as to do sth
formal used to make a polite request
Would you be kind enough to close the door, please?
4.) kind regards
written used to end a formal but fairly friendly letter
HINT sense 3
If you use these expressions in informal English, they can sound rude or unfriendly. Use please could you...? or would you mind...? instead.
similar words: nice, considerate, thoughtful, sympathetic, benevolent, compassionate, gentle

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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