Meaning of kind


Pronunciation: (kīnd), [key]
— -er, -est.
  1. of a good or benevolent nature or disposition, as a person: a kind and loving person.
  2. having, showing, or proceeding from benevolence: kind words.
  3. indulgent, considerate, or helpful; humane (often fol. by to): to be kind to animals.
  4. mild; gentle; clement: kind weather.
  5. loving; affectionate.


Pronunciation: (kīnd), [key]
— n.
  1. a class or group of individual objects, people, animals, etc., of the same nature or character, or classified together because they have traits in common; category: Our dog is the same kind as theirs.
  2. nature or character as determining likeness or difference between things: These differ in degree rather than in kind.
  3. a person or thing as being of a particular character or class: He is a strange kind of hero.
  4. a more or less adequate or inadequate example of something; sort: The vines formed a kind of roof.
    1. the nature, or natural disposition or character.
    2. manner; form.
  5. gender; sex.
  6. They will be repaid in kind for their rudeness.
    1. in something of the same kind or in the same way as that received or borne:They will be repaid in kind for their rudeness.
    2. in goods, commodities, or services rather than money:In colonial times, payment was often made in kind.
  7. to some extent; somewhat; rather: The room was kind of dark.
  8. of the same class, nature, character, etc.: They are two of a kind.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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