kind

A helpful and considerate nature can be described as kind. It is kind of someone to volunteer to rake their elderly neighbor's leaves in the fall. As a noun, kind refers to the variety or specific type of something.

The adjective kind also describes showing sympathy or giving comfort. If someone's feelings are hurt, a kind word can go a long way to making that person feel better. When kind means "type," you might talk about a kind of cake — chocolate or vanilla — or a kind of person who likes to live alone. If you are kind of interested in something, you are only partially interested in it.

Primary Meanings of kind

1.
adj
having or showing a tender and considerate and helpful nature; used especially of persons and their behavior
2.
n
a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality
Full Definitions of kind
1

adj having or showing a tender and considerate and helpful nature; used especially of persons and their behavior

kind to sick patients”
“a kind master”
kind words showing understanding and sympathy”
“thanked her for her kind letter”
Synonyms:
benign, benignant
pleasant and beneficial in nature or influence
considerate
showing concern for the rights and feelings of others
good-natured
having an easygoing and cheerful disposition
soft
compassionate and kind; conciliatory
benignant, gracious
characterized by kindness and warm courtesy especially of a king to his subjects
benign
kindness of disposition or manner
benevolent, charitable, good-hearted, kindly, large-hearted, openhearted, sympathetic
showing or motivated by sympathy and understanding and generosity
gentle
having or showing a kindly or tender nature
kind-hearted, kindhearted
having or proceeding from an innately kind disposition
merciful
showing or giving mercy
Antonyms:
unkind
lacking kindness
malign
evil or harmful in nature or influence
cutting, edged, stinging
(of speech) harsh or hurtful in tone or character
harsh, rough
unkind or cruel or uncivil
hurtful
causing hurt
unkindly, unsympathetic
lacking in sympathy and kindness
merciless, unmerciful
having or showing no mercy
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adj tolerant and forgiving under provocation

“our neighbor was very kind about the window our son broke”
Synonyms:
tolerant
forgiving
inclined or able to forgive and show mercy

adj agreeable, conducive to comfort

“a dry climate kind to asthmatics”
“hot summer pavements are anything but kind to the feet”
Synonyms:
genial
hospitable
favorable to life and growth
2

n a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality

“what kinds of desserts are there?”
Synonyms:
form, sort, variety
Types:
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description
sort or variety
type
a subdivision of a particular kind of thing
antitype
an opposite or contrasting type
art form
(architecture) a form of artistic expression (such as writing or painting or architecture)
style
a particular kind (as to appearance)
flavor, flavour
(physics) the six kinds of quarks
color, colour
(physics) the characteristic of quarks that determines their role in the strong interaction
species
a specific kind of something
genus
a general kind of something
brand, make
a recognizable kind
genre
a kind of literary or artistic work
ilk, like
a kind of person
manner
a kind
model
a type of product
stripe
a kind or category
like, the like, the likes of
a similar kind
breed
a special type
nature
a particular type of thing
edition, variant, variation, version
something a little different from others of the same type
architectural style, style of architecture, type of architecture
architecture as a kind of art form
charm
(physics) one of the six flavors of quark
strangeness
(physics) one of the six flavors of quark
sonata form
a musical form having 3 sections -- exposition and development and recapitulation; characteristic of 1st movement of a sonata or symphony
Type of:
category
a general concept that marks divisions or coordinations in a conceptual scheme

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