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"type" in British English

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typenoun

uk   /taɪp/ us   /taɪp/
  • 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 bar full of actor types trying to get noticed.
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 would have thought Ben was more your type.

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  • 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 styles of typeface.

typeverb [I or T]

uk   /taɪp/ us   /taɪp/
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 it done.

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

"type" in American English

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typenoun

us   /tɑɪp/
  • 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.

typeverb [I/T]

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

"type" in Business English

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typeverb [I or T]

uk   /taɪp/ us  
to write using a computer keyboard or a typewriter: How fast can you type?type sth into sth Typing a word into the search box will bring up a number of related results. I need you to type a letter for me.
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typenoun [U]

uk   /taɪp/ us  
→  typeface
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(Definition of type from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “type”
in Korean 종류, 유형…
in Arabic نَوْع…
in Malaysian jenis…
in French type, sorte…
in Russian тип, род, сорт…
in Chinese (Traditional) 類, 類型, 種類…
in Italian tipo…
in Turkish tip, tür, cins…
in Polish rodzaj, typ, osobowość…
in Spanish tipo…
in Vietnamese loại…
in Portuguese tipo…
in Thai รูปแบบ…
in German die Art…
in Catalan tipus…
in Japanese 種類, タイプ…
in Chinese (Simplified) 类, 类型, 种类…
in Indonesian jenis…
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