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"type" in British English

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typenoun

uk   /taɪp/  us   /taɪp/
  • type noun (GROUP)

A2 [C] a ​particulargroup of ​people or things that ​sharesimilarcharacteristics and ​form a ​smallerdivision of a ​larger set: There were so many different types ofbread that I didn't ​know which to ​buy. What type ofclothes does she ​wear? It was ​dark so I didn't ​notice what type ofcar it was. He's the type of man you could take ​home to ​yourmother. He's very ​attractive, if you like the ​blond, ​athletic type. They ​selldriedflowers 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 ​barfull of ​actor types ​trying to get ​noticed.
C1 [C] specialized literature a ​person who ​seems to ​represent a ​particulargroup of ​people, having all the ​qualities that you usually ​connect with that ​group: He doesn't use ​fullyroundedcharacters 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 ​printedletters used in a ​piece of ​printed writing such as in a ​newspaper, ​book, or ​article: Use ​bold type for ​yourheadings. The ​softwareallows 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 ​computerkeyboard 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 ​shareparticular 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 ​guy – ​strong and ​cool – but Willie’s not my type at all.
  • type noun (PRINTED LETTERS)

[U] printedletters and ​symbols, or ​smallpieces of ​metal with the ​shapes of ​letters and ​symbols on them that were used in the past in ​printing: In ​bigbold type, the ​headlineannounced 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 ​reportyesterday.
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   us   /taɪp/
to write using a ​computerkeyboard or a typewriter: How fast can you type?type sth into sth Typing a word into the ​searchbox will ​bring up a ​number of ​relatedresults. I need you to type a ​letter for me.
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Phrasal verbs

typenoun [U]

uk   us   /taɪp/
→  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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