Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “type”

type

noun uk   /taɪp/ us  

type noun (GROUP)

A2 [C] a particular group of people or things that share similar characteristics and form a smaller division of a larger set: There were so many different types of bread that I didn't know which to buy. What type of clothes does she wear? It was dark so I didn't notice what type of car it was. He's the type of man you could take home to your mother. He's very attractive, if you like the blond, athletic type. They sell dried flowers and baskets and that type of thing. We have a range of moisturizers for all different skin types. She was young and she was wearing student-type clothes so I assumed she was studying here. He took me to a pub in Soho full of actor types speaking at the tops of their voices. C1 [C] specialized literature a person who seems to represent a particular group of people, having all the qualities that you usually connect with that group: He doesn't use fully rounded characters in his plays - he uses types. be sb's type C2 to be the type of person that someone thinks is attractive: He's a nice enough guy - he's just not my type. I'd have thought Ben was more your type.

type noun (PRINTED LETTERS)

[C or U] specialized (also typeface) publishing the style and size of printed letters used in a piece of printed writing such as in a newspaper, book, or article: Use bold type for your headings. The software allows you to choose from over 20 sorts of typeface.

type

verb [I or T] uk   /taɪp/ us  

type verb [I or T] (WRITE)

B1 to write using a machine, either a computer keyboard or a typewriter: She asked me to type a couple of letters. He can type very quickly. I was typing away into the early hours of the morning just to get the thing finished.
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of type from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of type?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “type” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

light at the end of the tunnel

signs of improvement in a situation that has been bad for a long time, or signs that a long and difficult piece of work is almost finished

Word of the Day

The language of work

by Kate Woodford,
October 15, 2014
Most of us talk about our jobs. We tell our family and friends interesting or funny things that have happened in the workplace (=room where we do our job), we describe – and sometimes complain about – our bosses and colleagues and when we meet someone for the first time, we tell

Read More 

life tracking noun

October 20, 2014
the use of one or more devices or apps to monitor health, exercise, how time is spent, etc.

Read More