Kristin: What led me to it, um… I guess it was a series of things that kind of led up to it. My, uh, uncle for example, he’s been a vegetarian as far back as I can remember. So that wasn't a new concept to my family at all. Um, I can remember when I was in high school I just kind of started losing the taste for meat, particularly red meat and, uh, chicken. I, by the end of, uh, high school I’d pretty much cut those out.
1)Does those "kind of " mean "rather, to some extent" in the link below? https://www.ldoceonline.com/dictiona...of-a-something
Is it an adverb or a preposition?