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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.
adj. -er, -est.
You use kind to talk about a class of people or things. Kind is a countable noun. After words like all and many, you use kinds, not 'kind'.
After kinds of you can use either the plural or singular form of a noun. For example, you can say 'I like most kinds of cars' or 'I like most kinds of car'. The singular form is more formal.
After kind of you use the singular form of a noun.
In conversation, these and those are often used with kind. For example, people say 'I don't like these kind of films' or 'I don't like those kind of films'. This use is generally thought to be incorrect, and it is best to avoid it. Instead you should say 'I don't like this kind of film' or 'I don't like that kind of film'.
In more formal English, you can also say 'I don't like films of this kind'.
You can also use like this, like that, or like these after a noun. For example, instead of saying 'this kind of film', you can say 'films like this'.
Sort is used in a similar way to kind.
You can also use kind of to describe something in a vague or uncertain way.
|Noun||1.||kind - a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality; "sculpture is a form of art"; "what kinds of desserts are there?"|
category - a general concept that marks divisions or coordinations in a conceptual scheme
description - sort or variety; "every description of book was there"
type - a subdivision of a particular kind of thing; "what type of sculpture do you prefer?"
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); "this style of shoe is in demand"
colour, color - (physics) the characteristic of quarks that determines their role in the strong interaction; "each flavor of quarks comes in three colors"
species - a specific kind of something; "a species of molecule"; "a species of villainy"
genus - a general kind of something; "ignore the genus communism"
make, brand - a recognizable kind; "there's a new brand of hero in the movies now"; "what make of car is that?"
genre - a kind of literary or artistic work
manner - a kind; "what manner of man are you?"
model - a type of product; "his car was an old model"
stripe - a kind or category; "businessmen of every stripe joined in opposition to the proposal"
|Adj.||1.||kind - 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"|
benignant, benign - pleasant and beneficial in nature or influence; "a benign smile"; "the benign sky"; "the benign influence of pure air"
considerate - showing concern for the rights and feelings of others; "friends considerate enough to leave us alone"
good-natured - having an easygoing and cheerful disposition; "too good-natured to resent a little criticism"; "the good-natured policeman on our block"; "the sounds of good-natured play"
soft - compassionate and kind; conciliatory; "he was soft on his children"
merciful - showing or giving mercy; "sought merciful treatment for the captives"; "a merciful god"
unkind - lacking kindness; "a thoughtless and unkind remark"; "the unkindest cut of all"
|2.||kind - agreeable, conducive to comfort; "a dry climate kind to asthmatics"; "the genial sunshine";"hot summer pavements are anything but kind to the feet"|
hospitable - favorable to life and growth; "soil sufficiently hospitable for forest growth"; "a hospitable environment"
|3.||kind - tolerant and forgiving under provocation; "our neighbor was very kind about the window our son broke"|
forgiving - inclined or able to forgive and show mercy; "a kindly forgiving nature"; "a forgiving embrace to the naughty child"
considerate severe, harsh, cruel, vicious, unkind, heartless, merciless, unsympathetic, hard-hearted
thank you for your kind offer of help → gracias por ofrecerte amablemente a ayudarnos; (more frm) → gracias por su amable oferta de ayuda
the kindest thing that can be said about the play is that → lo menos malo que se puede decir de la obra es que ...
he was kind enough to help → tuvo la amabilidad de ayudar
would you be kind enough to or would you be so kind as to close the door? (frm) → ¿haría el favor de cerrar la puerta, por favor?, ¿tendría la bondad de cerrar la puerta, por favor? (frm)
to have a kind heart → tener buen corazón
that's very kind of you → es usted muy amable; (more frm) → es muy amable de su parte
it was very kind of you to pick us up → fuiste muy amable viniéndonos a recoger; (more frm) → fue muy amable de su parte el venir a recogernos
she was very kind to me → fue muy amable conmigo, se portó muy bien conmigo
life has been kind to me → la vida me ha tratado bien
you must be kind to animals → hay que tratar bien a los animales
a washing-up liquid that is kind to your hands → un lavavajillas que no daña sus manos, un lavavajillas que es suave con sus manos
which kind do you prefer? → ¿qué tipo prefieres?
I prefer the kind with handles → prefiero los que tienen asas
she hated Lewis and his kind → odiaba a Lewis y a la gente como él
many kinds of books/cars → muchos tipos de libros/coches
people of all kinds → gente f de todas clases, gente f de todo tipo
all kinds of things → toda clase de cosas
it can fail for all kinds of reasons → puede fallar por todo tipo de razones
a kind of lizard → un tipo de lagarto
she's the kind (of person) that → ella es de las que ...
what kind of person do you take me for? → ¿por quién me tomas?
what kind of an answer is that?; what kind of an answer do you call that? → ¿qué clase de respuesta es ésa?
I had a kind of feeling that would happen → tuve el presentimiento de que ocurriría así
you know the kind of thing I mean → ya sabes a lo que me refiero
it's not his kind of film/thing → no es el tipo de película/cosa que (a él) le gusta
he's not her kind of man → no es su tipo de hombre
it was tea of a kind (pej) → se supone que era té (pej)
three/four of a kind (in card games) → tres/cuatro del mismo palo
they're two of a kind → son tal para cual
she's a very unusual woman, one of a kind → es una mujer muy poco corriente, única
it's the only one of its kind → es único (en su género)
the castle is the largest of its kind → el castillo es el más grande de los de su estilo
something of the kind → algo por el estilo
nothing of the kind! → ¡nada de eso!, ¡ni hablar!
she never said anything of the kind → nunca dijo nada parecido
in kind payment in kind → pago m en especie
to repay sth in kind [+ cruelty, ingratitude etc] → pagar algo con la misma moneda
we repaid her generosity in kind → respondimos con nuestra generosidad a la suya
kind of (= rather) → algo
we're kind of busy right now → ahora mismo estamos algo ocupados
I kind of felt it might happen → tenía el presentimiento de que iba a suceder
it's kind of awkward at the moment → ahora mismo me va mal, ahora no es el mejor momento
it was kind of sad, really → era un poco triste, la verdad
she was kind of cute → tenía cierto atractivo
Thank you for being so kind
BUT Merci pour votre gentillesse.
to be kind to somebody → être gentil avec quelqu'un
that's very kind of you → c'est très aimable à vous
It was kind of them to help → C'était gentil de leur part d'aider.
would you be kind enough to ...? → auriez-vous la gentillesse de ...?, seriez-vous assez aimable pour ...?
would you be so kind as to ...? → auriez-vous la gentillesse de ...?, seriez-vous assez aimable pour ...?
It's a kind of sausage → C'est une sorte de saucisse., C'est un genre de saucisse
that kind of thing → ce genre de chose
what kind of ...? → quel genre de ...?, quelle sorte de ...?
all kinds of ... → toutes sortes de ...
of all kinds → de toutes sortes
a kind of
He's a kind of explorer → C'est une sorte d'explorateur., C'est un genre d'explorateur.
a new kind of → un nouveau genre de, une nouvelle sorte de
of a new kind → d'un nouveau genre
of an entirely new kind → d'un genre entièrement nouveau
to be two of a kind (= very similar)
They're two of a kind → À eux deux, ils font la paire.
to be one of a kind (= unique) → être unique en son genre, ne pas avoir son pareil
to repay sb in kind → rendre la pareille à qn
all kinds of things → ogni genere di cose
some kind of fish → qualche tipo di pesce
he's not the kind of person to ... → non è il tipo da...
what kind of an answer is that?, what kind of an answer do you call that? → che razza di risposta è questa?
what kind of person do you take me for? → per chi mi prendi?
I had a kind of feeling that would happen → avevo come il presentimento che sarebbe successo
you know the kind of thing I mean → sai cosa intendo or voglio dire
something of the kind → qualcosa del genere
nothing of the kind! → niente affatto!
it's not his kind of film → non è il tipo or genere di film che piace a lui, non è il suo genere di film
they're two of a kind (pej) → sono della stessa pasta
it's the only one of its kind → è l'unico nel suo genere
it was tea of a kind (pej) → era una sottospecie di tè
I kind of thought this would happen (fam) → quasi me l'aspettavo
she looked kind of worried (fam) → sembrava come preoccupata
payment in kind → pagamento in natura
to repay sb in kind (after good deed) → ricambiare la cortesia a qn (after bad deed) → ripagare qn con la stessa moneta
to be kind to sb → essere gentile con qn
would you be kind enough to ...? → sarebbe così gentile da...?
would you be so kind as to ...? → le spiacerebbe...?
it's very kind of you (to do ...) → è molto gentile da parte sua (fare...)
thank you for your kind assistance (frm) → la ringrazio per il gentile aiuto