kind1 [ kaınd ] noun ***
1. ) count a type of person or thing:
kind of: What kind of person is she?
different kinds of: Many people like to try lots of different kinds of food.
of some kind: We've all had disappointments of some kind.
of any kind: There are no footnotes of any kind in the text.
all kinds of: Francis taught me all kinds of stuff.
a ) the biggest/best etc. of its/their kind used to say that one thing is bigger, better, etc. than other similar things:
The bridge is the largest of its kind in the world.
sculptures that are some of the best examples of their kind
b ) be the kind to be a particular type of person:
I guess I'm not the marrying kind.
kind of: He's not the kind of guy to get into trouble.
c ) someone's kind of the type of person or thing that someone likes:
It doesn't quite seem like your kind of club.
2. ) singular FORMAL all the people who are similar to a person, for example because they come from the same social class:
Terry was more comfortable with his own kind.
in kind
1. ) payments, benefits, etc. in kind are in the form of goods or services rather than money:
The loan of the car was a payment in kind.
Many companies have donated gifts in kind.
2. ) respond in kind to behave to someone in the same way that they have behaved to you:
They responded in kind, threatening to ban imports from Japan.
kind of SPOKEN
used when you are talking about someone or something in a general way without being very exact or definite:
It kind of brings up an issue we talked about at the first meeting.
He was kind of strange, but I liked him.
nothing of the kind
1. ) used for emphasizing that someone or something is not of a particular type:
It is billed as a comedy, but is nothing of the kind.
2. ) used for saying politely but firmly that you disagree with someone:
I can assure you I did nothing of the kind.
of a kind
used for saying that something is not as good as it should be:
Urban renewal of a kind got underway after the war.
one of a kind
used for saying that someone or something is completely different from other people or things:
My Aunt Mary is one of a kind. She's eighty, and not afraid of anything.
something of the kind
1. ) used for referring to something that has already been mentioned:
I had expected something of the kind might happen.
2. ) used for describing someone in a general way:
She's a librarian, or something of the kind.
two/three etc. of a kind
used to say that two, three, etc. people or things are very similar and therefore go well together or belong together:
I'm not surprised they're friends, they're two of a kind.
kind 2 [ kaınd ] adjective *
1. ) behaving in a way that shows you care about other people and want to help them:
Thank you, Mark, you've been very kind.
kind to: She was very kind to me when the children were sick.
it is kind of someone to do something: It was kind of you to help them.
a ) used about someone's appearance:
She had a gentle kind face.
b ) used about things someone says or does, especially when you are thanking them:
Thank you for your kind words.
We are grateful for your kind offer.
2. ) FORMAL not causing harm or damage:
Fate has been kind to me.
kind regards
an expression that you can use at the end of an informal letter before you sign your name
would you be kind enough to do something or would you be so kind as to do something SPOKEN
used for asking someone to do something in a very polite and formal way

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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