From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishkindkind1 /kaɪnd/ ●●● S1 W1 noun 1 [countable, uncountable]TYPE one of the different types of a person or thing that belong to the same group SYN sort, typekind of They sell all kinds of things. The flowers attract several different kinds of insects. Greg was working on some kind of deal in Italy. Get me a sandwich – any kind will do.2 → the kind3 → somebody’s kind of person/thing/place etc4 → kind of5 → a kind of (a) something6 → two/three etc of a kind7 → one of a kind8 → something of the/that kind9 → nothing/anything of the kind10 → of a kind11 → in kind → payment in kind at payment(3)COLLOCATIONSadjectivesall kinds/every kindHe’s done all kinds of work.the same kindI’d like to see you make the same kind of effort in practice that you make in the game.a different kindFossils of many different kinds have been found in this site.the right/wrong kindIt wasn’t the right kind of holiday for me.the best/worst kindNot knowing what had happened to her was the worst kind of torture.some kindCarved into the stone was some kind of design.any kindThere was no television, no radio – no technology of any kind.various kindsThe students had to read various kinds of academic materials.a certain/particular kindA ‘besom’ is a particular kind of broom.phrasesof its/their kindIt is the biggest centre of its kind.of this kindHow can we be sure a disaster of this kind will not happen again?of the worst/best etc kindThis is hypocrisy of the worst kind.what kind (of something)?What kind of milk shake would you like?that kind of thingHe usually wears trainers and jeans, that kind of thing.in a funny/strange etc kind of wayIn a funny kind of way, the bullying made me a stronger person.adverbsprecisely/exactly the kindThis was precisely the kind of help that she needed.
Examples from the Corpuskind• The writer is engaged in a kind of vicarious interaction with a presumed reader and anticipates and provides for likely reactions.• He was a kind of genius, and he suffered.• Ben's not the marrying kind.• They had a few bags in the store, but they weren't the right kind.• One stumbling block can be the kind of computer you own.• There is a great deal of truth in this general argument; inequalities of this kind have been reduced.• In the past, I would have shared this kind of thing with Nick.• Then I saw the teeth marks were kind of big.• What kind of material is the box usually made of?• corruption of the worst kindkind of• I kind of borrowed the money from your wallet.• I'm kind of disappointed Grandma didn't come.• It's so kind of the Olsens to let us borrow their car.• Are you in some kind of trouble?• What kind of car is that?kindkind2 ●●● S3 W3 adjective (comparative kinder, superlative kindest) 1 KINDsaying or doing things that show that you care about other people and want to help them or make them happy OPP unkind → kindly, kindnesskind to They’ve been very kind to me. It wasn’t a very kind thing to say. She’s a very kind and generous person.it’s kind of somebody (to do something) It’s kind of you to say that. It’s really kind of them to let us use their pool. We thanked the priest for his kind words. Thank you for your help. You’ve been most kind (=said when thanking someone very politely).thank you for your kind invitation/offer (=said when thanking someone very politely for their invitation or offer) Ms Jarvis is unable to accept your kind invitation.GrammarYou are kind to someone: He was kind to her. ✗Don’t say: He was kind with her.2 KINDnot causing harm or sufferingkind to Life has been very kind to me. I need a soap that’s kinder to my skin. Let’s hope the weather’s kind tomorrow.3 → would you be kind enough to do something/be so kind as to do something4 → kind regardsTHESAURUSkind someone who is kind tries to help people and make them happy or comfortable, and shows that they care about themThey were very kind to us and let us stay in their house as long as we liked.a kind old ladya kind thing to saynice especially spoken friendly and kind. Nice is very common in everyday spoken English and is often used instead of kindEveryone has been so nice to me.It’s nice of you to invite me here.He seems such a nice man.generous kind because you give people money, presents etc‘I’ll pay for the meal.’ ‘That’s very generous of you.’a generous gift considerate thinking about other people’s feelings, and careful not to do anything that will upset themOur neighbours are very considerate and always keep their TV turned down.a considerate driverHe’s always very polite and considerate to his guests.thoughtful thinking of things you can do to make other people happy or feel good – used especially when someone does something such as giving someone a present or helping someoneIt was thoughtful of you to send him a card. Some thoughtful person had taken her bag to the lost property office.caring kind and wanting to help and look after peopleShe’s lucky to have such a loving and caring husband.The British are well-known for their caring attitude toward animals.sympathetic saying kind things to someone who has problems and behaving in a way that shows you care about themMy boss was very sympathetic and said I should take some time off work. She gave him a sympathetic smile.good kind and showing that you want to help – used especially in the following phrasesIt was good of you to come and see me. She’s always been very good to us.sweet informal very kind – used especially when you like someone very much, or you are very pleased because of something they have doneI was given the flowers by a sweet little old lady who lived next door. It’s sweet of you to ask.a sweet thing to saykind-hearted/warm-hearted especially written having a kind and friendly character, which makes other people like youHe was a wonderful father, kind-hearted and always laughing.The town is full of warm-hearted, helpful people. benevolent formal kind and wanting to help people – often used about someone who is important or who people respecta benevolent rulerThey believe in the existence of a benevolent God who will save mankind. He listened politely, like some benevolent uncle.
Examples from the Corpuskind• Even the thought of sharing a bed with him didn't seem so threatening when he was being kind.• Coronado was a far kinder conquistador than his ruthless contemporaries Pizarro and De Soto, but he was equally obsessed with gold.• There is still some, but it is kinder, gentler and rarer.• But she accepted that the Colonel was a kind man.• Everyone loved Mary. She was the kindest, most generous person in the world.• "Karen gave me a lift to the station." "That was kind of her."• That was such a kind thing to say.• He's a good brother. He's always been kind to me.• I was with them a week and they were kind to me.• She looks a little disappointed when she sees us close up but is too kind to say so.• Your great-aunt Olga was a very kind woman.kind invitation• Even by accepting Laura Danby's kind invitation, Meredith's own fiercely maintained independence could be said to have been undermined.• No offer of financial help, no kind invitations to join them in club activities were forthcoming from Charles.From Longman Business Dictionarykindkind /kaɪnd/ noun COMMERCE (a) payment/benefit in kind a method of paying someone by giving goods or services instead of moneyThe company agreed that the loan should be settledby payment in kind.A workplace nursery is not regarded as a benefit in kind, and is not counted in your income tax assessment.Origin kind1 Old English cynd kind2 Old English gecynde “natural”