1 [uncountable and countable]one of the different types of a person or thing that belong to the same group [= sort, type]COLLOCATIONS COLLOCATIONS all kinds/every kind different/various kinds a certain/particular kind some kind any kind the same kind the right kind the worst kind of its/their kind of this kind what kind (of something)? that kind of thing precisely/exactly the kind (that)
reacting to something someone has done by doing the same thing:
After recent bombings, counter-terrorist forces could retaliate in kind.
➔ payment in kind
at payment (3)WORD CHOICE: WORD CHOICE: type, kind, sortType, kind, and sortall have the same meaning and can be used in the same situations• What type of car do you drive? • an interesting kind of plant • a new sort of mobile phone If you are saying that something is partly true or are not being exact, use sort of or kind of rather than type of• It's a sort of oval shape.GRAMMARType, kind, and sortare countable nouns, and they must be plural after determiners with plural meanings:this type/kind/sort of + singular noun• I don't like this type of thing. • This kind of mistake is easy to make. • Red wine goes well with this sort of dish.these/those types/kinds/sorts of + plural/singular noun• How common are these types of illness(es)? • Those kinds of colours look good with dark skin.!! Remember to use the plural types/kinds/sorts after all, both, certain, different, many, several, variousetc• movies that appeal to certain kinds of people (NOT certain kind of people) • Many sorts of jobs require computing skills (NOT many sort of jobs). ➔ See alsotype
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.