Meaning of “kind” in the English Dictionary

"kind" in British English

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uk /kaɪnd/ us /kaɪnd/

A2 generous, helpful, and thinking about other people's feelings:

She's a very kind and thoughtful person.
It's very kind of you to help us.
Please be kind to your sister!
formal Would you be kind enough to/so kind as to close the door? (= please would you do this)

not causing harm or damage:

kind to the environment
This soap is kinder to the skin.

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kindnoun [ C ]

uk /kaɪnd/ us /kaɪnd/

(Definition of “kind” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"kind" in American English

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kindadjective [ -er/-est only ]

us /kɑɪnd/

kind adjective [ -er/-est only ] (GOOD)

generous, helpful, and caring about other people:

She’s a kind, thoughtful person.
It was kind of you to give me your seat.


kindnoun [ C ]

us /kɑɪnd/

kind noun [ C ] (TYPE)

a group with similar characteristics, or a particular type:

What kind of thing is it?
They talked about all kinds of stuff.
It’s the largest organization of its kind in history.
Where books are concerned, Tyler and Chlo are two of a kind (= similar).

(Definition of “kind” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"kind" in Business English

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kindnoun [ U ]

uk /kaɪnd/ us
in kind

used to describe a payment that is given in the form of goods or services and not in the form of money:

Payment in kind involves investors receiving more bonds in place of cash interest.
At least part of their salary is paid in kind.

(Definition of “kind” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)