type

type [type types typed typing] noun, verb BrE [taɪp]
NAmE [taɪp]
noun
1. countable ~ (of sth) 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 contract(s).
Bungalows are a type of house.
She mixes with all types of people.
She mixes 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.
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. -type (in adjectives) having the qualities or features of the group, person or thing mentioned
a police-type badge
a continental-type cafe
4. uncountable letters that are printed or typed
The type was too small for me to read.
The important words are in bold type.
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.
Example Bank:
He was the old-fashioned type, well-mannered and always in a suit and tie.
I am definitely not the marrying type.
Key paragraphs of the report are set in italic type.
She's not really my type— she's a bit too serious.
The bar was crowded with City types in suits.
The boss came back from holiday all relaxed and smiling, but now he's reverting to type.
The recession is similar in type to that of ten years ago.
There are various types of daffodil(s).
This exercise is the hardest of its type.
True to type, Adam turned up an hour late.
Two broad types of approach can be identified.
West Coast media types
a country inn of a type that has all but vanished
a novel type of sculpture
certain types of cancer
the ideal type of helmet for caving
He mixes with all types of people.
He's not the type to be unfaithful.
How much do you charge for this type of work?
New types of genetic forms can now be developed.
She hangs around with all those artistic types.
She has a very rare blood type.
She's not my type.
This is a new formula for all skin types.
This is the oldest existing shrine of its type.
What type of car do you drive?
You can divide his novels into three main types.
verb
1. intransitive, transitive to write sth using a computer or typewriter
How fast can you type?
typing errors
~ sth (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?
2. transitive ~ sb/sth (technical) to find out the group or class that a person or thing belongs to
Blood samples were taken from patients for typing.
Verb forms:
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.
Example Bank:
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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