Type Definition

typed, types, typing
A distinguishing mark, sign, or impress.
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A kind, class, or group having distinguishing characteristics in common [a new type of airplane, an animal of the dog type]
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The general form, structure, plan, style, etc. characterizing or distinguishing the members of a class or group.
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A person, thing, or event that represents or symbolizes another, esp. another that it is thought will appear later; symbol; token; sign.
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A person, animal, or thing that is representative of, or has the distinctive characteristics of, a class or group; typical individual or instance.
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typed, types, typing
To prefigure.
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To use the keyboard of a typewriter, computer, etc.; specif., to touch-type.
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To input (something) manually on an electronic device, especially by using a keyboard.
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To typify; represent.
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To classify according to type.
To be typed as a villain.
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Type, representative form, example.
Phonotype, stereotype.
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Stamp, print, printing type.
Ferrotype, monotype.
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(one's) type
  • A person to whom one should be sexually attracted or romantically inclined:

    With her interest in art, she should be just your type.

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someone's type
  • the kind of person that someone finds attractive or agreeable

    a bookish man is definitely not her type

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Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Type

  • (one's) type
  • someone's type

Origin of Type

  • Middle English symbol from Late Latin typus type from Latin image from Greek tupos impression

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin typus, from Ancient Greek τύπος (tupos, “mark, impression, type"), from τύπτω (tuptō, “I strike, beat").

    From Wiktionary

  • Fr < Gr -typon < typos: see type

    From Webster's New World College Dictionary, 5th Edition

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