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type

noun  /tɑɪp/ us  

type noun (CHARACTERISTICS)

[C] the characteristics of a group of people or things that set them apart from other people or things, or people, things, or groups that share particular characteristics: I’m more comfortable in jeans and T-shirts, and that type of thing. We have makeup for all different types of skin. Grant’s my type of guystrong and cool – but Willie’s not my type at all.

type noun (PRINTED LETTERS)

[U] printed letters and symbols, or small pieces of metal with the shapes of letters and symbols on them that were used in the past in printing: In big bold type, the headline announced the winner of the election.

type

verb [I/T]  /tɑɪp/ us  

type verb [I/T] (WRITE)

to write using a keyboard: [I] I never learned how to type. [T] He typed the report yesterday.
typing
noun [U]  /ˈtɑɪ·pɪŋ/ us  
Her typing is very accurate most of the time.
typist
noun [C]  /ˈtɑɪ·pəst/ us  
Typists don’t use typewriters any more, they use keyboards.
(Definition of type from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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