I. noun Etymology: Middle English kinde, from Old English cynd; akin to Old English cynn kin Date: before 12th century 1. a. archaic nature b. archaic family, lineage 2. archaic manner 3. fundamental nature or quality ; essence 4. a. a group united by common traits or interests ; category b. a specific or recognized variety <
what kind of car do you drive
c. a doubtful or barely admissible member of a category <
a kind of gray
5. a. goods or commodities as distinguished from money <
payment in kind
b. the equivalent of what has been offered or received Synonyms: see type II. adjective Date: 14th century 1. chiefly dialect affectionate, loving 2. a. of a sympathetic or helpful nature b. of a forbearing nature ; gentle c. arising from or characterized by sympathy or forbearance <
a kind act
3. of a kind to give pleasure or relief

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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