Definition of type verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    type

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//taɪp//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//taɪp//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they type
    BrE BrE//taɪp//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//taɪp//
     
    he / she / it types
    BrE BrE//taɪps//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//taɪps//
     
    past simple typed
    BrE BrE//taɪpt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//taɪpt//
     
    past participle typed
    BrE BrE//taɪpt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//taɪpt//
     
    -ing form typing
    BrE BrE//ˈtaɪpɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtaɪpɪŋ//
     
    Using a computer
     
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  1. 1  [intransitive, transitive] to write something using a computer or typewriter How fast can you type? typing errors type something (out/in/up) This letter will need to be typed (out) again. Type (in) the filename, then press ‘Return’. Has that report been typed up yet? See related entries: Using a computer
  2. 2[transitive] type somebody/something (specialist) to find out the group or class that a person or thing belongs to Blood samples were taken from patients for typing.
  3. Word Origin late 15th cent. (in the sense ‘symbol, emblem’): from French, or from Latin typus, from Greek tupos ‘impression, figure, type’, from tuptein ‘to strike’. The use in printing dates from the early 18th cent.; the general sense ‘category with common characteristics’ arose in the mid 19th cent.Extra examples 300 proposals and amendments covering 78 closely typed pages He was sitting at his desk typing furiously. I’ve written the report and will type it up next week. Sam typed away for a few minutes. She quickly typed back a response. She typed her password in. She typed the details into the computer. This letter was typed on an electronic typewriter.
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