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kind1 / kīnd/ • n. a group of people or things having similar characteristics: all kinds of music. ∎  character; nature: the trials were different in kind from any that preceded them. ∎  each of the elements (bread and wine) of the Eucharist: communion in both kinds.PHRASES: in kind in the same way; with something similar: if he responded positively, they would respond in kind. ∎  (of payment) in goods or services as opposed to of a kind unique.kind2 • adj. having or showing a friendly, generous, and considerate nature: she was a good, kind woman. ∎  used in a polite request: would you be kind enough to repeat what you said? ∎  (kind to) (of a consumer product) gentle on (a part of the body): look for rollers that are kind to hair. ∎ archaic affectionate; loving.

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