- kind [kīnd]n.[ME kynd < OE cynd, akin to Ger kind, child, ON kundr, son < IE * ĝṇti- (> L natio, NATION) < base * ĝen-: see GENUS]1. Archaica) originb) naturec) manner; way2. a natural group or division [the rodent kind]: sometimes used in compounds [humankind]3. essential character4. sort; variety; classadj.[ME kynde < OE gecynde]1. sympathetic, friendly, gentle, tenderhearted, generous, etc.2. cordial [kind regards]3. Archaic loving; affectionate4. Obs. natural; native——————after one's kind or after its kindArchaic in agreement with one's (or its) nature——————all kinds ofInformal many or much [all kinds of money]——————in kind1. in goods or produce instead of money2. with something like that received; in the same way——————kind ofInformal somewhat; rather; almost——————of a kind1. of the same kind; alike2. of poor quality; mediocre [entertainment of a kind]SYN.- KIND implies the possession of sympathetic or generous qualities, either habitually or specifically, or is applied to actions manifesting these [he is kind only to his mother, your kind remarks ]; KINDLY usually implies a characteristic nature or general disposition marked by such qualities [his kindly old uncle ]; BENIGN suggests a mild or kindly nature and is applied especially to a gracious superior [a benign employer ]; BENEVOLENT implies a charitable or altruistic inclination to do good [his benevolent interest in orphans ] -ANT. UNKIND, UNFEELING, CRUEL
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.