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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If the budgetary authority agrees, a number of these posts could be allocated to tackle the kind of problems which we are discussing today.
We also know that they should give priority to actions of this kind, and to national afforestation projects, under their national regional development programmes.
Maybe this is an area where we could have a kind of new pact between the generations that would help the euro project to succeed.
There are fifteen people there in military uniform who have taken over one end of the coffee bar and are holding some kind of meeting there.
We have known for a long time what kind of problems the fishing industry as a whole has to contend with.
Lists of this kind would not have clear legal status and do not fit in with the procedures for adopting the list of prioritised substances.
There is a great deal of very interesting work of a scholarly and scientific kind and there could be more if it was known that this was properly under consideration.
Views were put forward to the effect that only those systems which cover risks of this kind are to be included under the directive.
We can only begin to imagine the effect of any kind of nuclear scare - just a scare - on these sectors of our economy.
All-embracing budget lines of this kind blur our cultural and political diversity and increase the distance between ourselves and the citizen.