Pronunciation: (kīnd), [key]
adj., -er, -est.
1. of a good or benevolent nature or disposition, as a person: a kind and loving person.
2. having, showing, or proceeding from benevolence: kind words.
3. indulgent, considerate, or helpful; humane (often fol. by to): to be kind to animals.
4. mild; gentle; clement: kind weather.
5. Brit. Dial.loving; affectionate.


Pronunciation: (kīnd), [key]
1. a class or group of individual objects, people, animals, etc., of the same nature or character, or classified together because they have traits in common; category: Our dog is the same kind as theirs.
2. nature or character as determining likeness or difference between things: These differ in degree rather than in kind.
3. a person or thing as being of a particular character or class: He is a strange kind of hero.
4. a more or less adequate or inadequate example of something; sort: The vines formed a kind of roof.
5. Archaic.
a. the nature, or natural disposition or character.
b. manner; form.
6. Obs.gender; sex.
7. in kind,
a. in something of the same kind or in the same way as that received or borne: They will be repaid in kind for their rudeness.
b. in goods, commodities, or services rather than money: In colonial times, payment was often made in kind.
8. kind of, some extent; somewhat; rather: The room was kind of dark.
9. of a kind, of the same class, nature, character, etc.: They are two of a kind.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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