as·​sort ə-ˈsȯrt How to pronounce assort (audio)
assorted; assorting; assorts

transitive verb

: to distribute into groups of a like kind : classify
: to supply with an assortment (as of goods)

intransitive verb

: to agree in kind : harmonize
: to keep company : associate
assorter noun

Examples of assort in a Sentence

assort these butterfly specimens according to geographic origin somewhat surprisingly, the collection of ancient Egyptian art assorts rather well with the museum's modern design
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Word History


Middle French assortir, from a- (from Latin ad-) + sorte sort

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of assort was in the 15th century

Cite this Entry

“Assort.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


as·​sort ə-ˈsȯ(ə)rt How to pronounce assort (audio)
: to sort into groups

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