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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Latin
Origin: typus 'image', from Greek typos 'act of hitting, mark made by hitting, model', from typtein 'to hit'

type

1 noun
     
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type1 S1 W1
1 [countable] one member of a group of people or things that have similar features or qualities
of this/that/each etc type
I've already seen a few movies of this type.
type of
What type of music do you like?
Products like this are clearly aimed at a particular type of person.
There are two main types of sleep.
Buy the right shampoo for your hair type.
2 [singular] a person who has, or seems to have, a particular character:
Jo's not really the sporty type.
Beth is not the type to make a fuss.
3

be somebody's type

especially spoken to be the kind of person someone is sexually attracted to:
He wasn't my type really.
4 [uncountable]TCN printed letters:
italic type
5 [uncountable and countable]TCN a small block with a raised letter on it that is used to print with, or a set of these
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type, kind, sort
Type, kind, and sort all 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 sort are 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, various etc 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).

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