Definition of kind adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//kaɪnd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kaɪnd//
    (kinder, kindest) Kind, Friendly
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  1. 1  caring about others; gentle, friendly and generous a very kind and helpful person a kind heart/face a kind action/gesture/comment You've been very kind. kind (to somebody/something) kind to animals (figurative) Soft water is kinder to your hair. (figurative) The weather was very kind to us. kind (of somebody) (to do something) It was really kind of you to help me. (formal) Thank you for your kind invitation. (formal) ‘Do have another.’ ‘That's very kind of you (= thank you).’ We need a kinder, gentler society. It would be kinder if we didn’t mention his wife. If an animal is badly injured, often the kindest thing to do is to destroy it painlessly. opposite unkind See related entries: Kind, Friendly
  2. 2  (formal) used to make a polite request or give an order Would you be kind enough to close the window? see also kindly, kindness
  3. Word Originadjective Old English gecynde ‘natural, native’; in Middle English the earliest sense is ‘well born or well bred’, whence ‘well disposed by nature, courteous, gentle, benevolent’.Extra examples My boss has been extremely kind to me. She was endlessly kind and sympathetic. He’s a kind and helpful person. She may seem quite stern at times, but she has a kind heart. Thanks for your card—it was a very kind thought. They were taught to be kind to animals. You’ve been very kind.
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