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Definition of type noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable] type (of something) a class or group of people or things that share particular qualities or features and are part of a larger group; a kind or sort different racial types a rare blood type There are three main types of contracts. Saltboxes are a type of house. She is friendly with all types of people. She is friendly with people of all types. I love this type of book. I love these types of books. (informal) I love these type of books. What do you charge for this type of work? What do you charge for work of this type? It is the first car of its type to have this design feature. Grammarkind / type / sortUse the singular (kind/type/sort) or plural (kinds/types/sorts) depending on the word you use before them:each/one/every kind of animal all/many/other types of animalsKind/type/sort of is followed by a singular or uncountable noun:This type of question often appears on the test. That sort of behavior is not acceptable.Kinds/types/sorts of is followed by a plural or uncountable noun:These types of questions often appear on the test. These sorts of behavior are not acceptable.Other variations are possible in spoken English, but are less common, and are considered incorrect in formal written English:These types of question often appear on the test. These kind of things don’t happen in real life.Note also that these examples are possible, especially in spoken English:The shelf was full of the sort of books I like to read. He faced the same kind of problems as his predecessor. There are many different types of animal on the island. What kind of camera is this? What kind/kinds of cameras do you sell? There were three kinds of cakes/cake on the plate.
  2. 2[singular] (informal) a person of a particular character, with particular features, etc. She's the artistic type. He's not the type to be unfaithful. She's not my type (= not the kind of person I am usually attracted to).
  3. 3-type (in adjectives) having the qualities or features of the group, person, or thing mentioned a police-type badge a continental-type café
  4. 4[uncountable] letters that are printed or typed The type was too small for me to read. The important words are in bold type.
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