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"kind" in American English

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kindadjective [-er/-est only]

 us   /kɑɪnd/
generous, ​helpful, and ​caring about other ​people: She’s a kind, ​thoughtfulperson. It was kind of you to give me ​yourseat.

kindnoun [C]

 us   /kɑɪnd/
  • kind noun [C] (TYPE)

a ​group with ​similar characteristics, or a ​particulartype: What kind of thing is it? They ​talked about all kinds of ​stuff. It’s the ​largestorganization 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 British English

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uk   us   /kaɪnd/
A2 generous, ​helpful, and ​thinking about other people's ​feelings: She's a very kind and ​thoughtfulperson. It's very kind of you to ​help us. Please be kind toyoursister!formal Would you be kind enough to/so kind as to ​close the ​door? (= ​please would you do this) not ​causingharm or ​damage: kind to the ​environment This ​soap is kinder to the ​skin.

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  • It's very kind of you to come all the way to ​meet me.
  • I gave her some ​extramoney - I ​know I didn't need to but I ​thought it would be kind.
  • "If you like I can do some ​shopping for you." "That's a very kind ​offer."
  • He ​showed me round the ​town, which was very kind of him.
  • You ​sent her a ​card? That was a kind ​thought.

kindnoun [C]

uk   us   /kaɪnd/
A1 a ​group with ​similarcharacteristics, or a ​particulartype: Today's ​vehicles use two kinds offuel - ​petrol and ​diesel. What kind of (a) ​job are you ​looking for? I just don't have that kind ofmoney (= I don't have so much ​money). The ​cupboardcontained all kinds ofstrange things. Her ​travelcompany was the first of ​its kind (= of ​others that are ​similar).

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(Definition of kind from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"kind" in Business English

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kindnoun [U]

uk   us   /kaɪnd/
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 ​cashinterest. At least ​part of their ​salary is paid in kind.
(Definition of kind from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “kind”
in Korean 종류…
in Arabic نَوْع…
in Malaysian jenis…
in French sorte, espèce…
in Russian род, тип, сорт…
in Chinese (Traditional) 寬容的, 有益的, 體貼的…
in Italian genere, tipo…
in Turkish tür, çeşit…
in Polish rodzaj…
in Spanish tipo, género, clase…
in Vietnamese loại…
in Portuguese tipo, espécie…
in Thai ชนิด…
in German die Art…
in Catalan classe, mena…
in Japanese 種類…
in Chinese (Simplified) 宽容的, 有益的, 体贴的…
in Indonesian jenis…
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