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kind 1  (knd)
adj. kind·er, kind·est
1. Of a friendly, generous, or warm-hearted nature.
2. Showing sympathy or understanding; charitable: a kind word.
3. Humane; considerate: kind to animals.
4. Forbearing; tolerant: Our neighbor was very kind about the window we broke.
5. Generous; liberal: kind words of praise.
6. Agreeable; beneficial: a dry climate kind to asthmatics.

[Middle English, natural, kind, from Old English gecynde, natural; see gen- in Indo-European roots.]
Synonyms: kind1, kindly, kindhearted, benign, benevolent
These adjectives mean having or showing a tender, considerate, and helping nature. Kind and kindly are the least specific: thanked her for her kind letter; a kindly gentleman.
Kindhearted especially suggests an innately kind disposition: a kindhearted teacher.
Benign implies gentleness and mildness: benign intentions; a benign sovereign.
Benevolent suggests charitableness and a desire to promote the welfare or happiness of others: a benevolent contributor.

kind 2  (knd)
a. A group of individuals or instances sharing common traits; a category or sort: different kinds of furniture; a new kind of politics.
b. A doubtful or borderline member of a given category: fashioned a kind of shelter; a kind of bluish color.
2. Archaic
a. Underlying character as a determinant of the class to which a thing belongs; nature or essence.
b. The natural order or course of things; nature.
c. Manner or fashion.
all kinds of Informal
Plenty of; ample: We have all kinds of time to finish the job.
in kind
1. With produce or commodities rather than with money: pay in kind.
2. In the same manner or with an equivalent: returned the slight in kind.
kind of Informal
Rather; somewhat: Im kind of hungry.
of a kind
Of the same kind; alike: My father and my uncle are two of a kind.

[Middle English, from Old English gecynd, race, offspring, kind; see gen- in Indo-European roots.]

kind  /kand/  n. 1 a similar type of person or thing: He has the same kind of leather jacket as mine. 2 in kind: to pay with s.t. other than money, such as service, food, etc.: He fixed my roof and I fixed his car; we paid each other in kind. 3 kind of: a little bit, somewhat: I am kind of tired; lets go home. 4 to be with ones own kind: to prefer people similar to oneself: She is an actor, and she feels most comfortable with her own kind: other actors.
adj. 1 friendly, helpful, and generous: She is very kind to her friends and helps them with their problems. 2 feeling sorry for those in trouble, tenderhearted: He is kind to lost and hurt animals by taking care of them. -n. [C;U] kindness.

Thesaurus: kind n. 1 sort, class, variety | brand. adj. 1 warm, kindly, sympathetic. Ant. unkind. 2 gentle, tender.

Usage Note: Both kind of and sort of mean a little bit before adjectives: That restaurant is kind of expensive.||His grammar is good, but his intonation is strange, so hes sort of difficult to understand. The words fairly and rather mean moderately: I got up fairly early, so I had time to eat a good breakfast.||Its rather cool this morning. kind

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