Meaning of “kind” in the English Dictionary

"kind" in 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)

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A new kind of cooperation is needed.
The army left them there with nothing but the clothes on their backs, making no provision of any kind for their three days of enforced exile.
The fact that she has not been seen and that her whereabouts is unknown raises serious concerns about whether she is alive and what kind of condition she is in.
We are well aware that eventually, at the appropriate time of course, the presence on the ground of an outside force of this kind will prove to be essential.
He was a kind and honest man, and was able to identify with the political way of thinking of people from other countries.
I believe that an initiative of this kind carries more weight and has more far-reaching impact if twenty-five states adopt it.
I agree entirely with the rapporteur that simply devising new promotional campaigns is not enough to solve this kind of problem.
Our question is this: would it not be possible to produce some kind of recommendation on how contracts should be concluded with these homes?
A kind of duty reporting to headquarters should be established, with minutes from the meetings to improve its transparency with regard to the institutions represented within this committee.
I come from a region where we have a traditional industry, the ceramics industry, that is facing this kind of pressure.