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

Definition of assort

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

1 : to agree in kind : harmonize
2 : to keep company : associate

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Other Words from assort

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
Recent Examples on the Web Participants were either assorted into a control group, a surgical mask group, or a more protective mask. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Face masks for COVID-19: A deep dive into the data," 3 Apr. 2020 Come see Minneapolis’ venerable comedy theater take on the polar vortex, aggressively enthusiastic Salvation Army bell ringers, Aunt Marge’s fruitcake and assorted other holiday traditions. Dominic P. Papatola, Twin Cities, "Holiday Arts Guide 2019: Deck the stages with shows of the season," 24 Nov. 2019 The Marshall Mathers LP, Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black, assorted Harry Potter soundtracks—and protected the rest inside black faux-leather binders, handling the discs with utmost care. Laura Mallonee, Wired, "The Psychedelic Beauty of Destroyed CDs," 18 Dec. 2019 Ghosts, goblins, and assorted other demons of the dark will be lurking this week amongst us with and without costumes, especially on Thursday. Mike Lynch, Twin Cities, "Mike Lynch: Heavenly Halloween hauntings," 27 Oct. 2019 The Carpenter Nature Center has live raptors and assorted smaller critters available for viewing and handling as a way to educate people about the importance of this habitat, King says. Kathy Berdan, Twin Cities, "No Fair! 8 ideas if you’d rather not go to the Great Minnesota Get-Together," 22 Aug. 2019 My coworkers, who have widely varying geographical heritages, can sing to me about Stanley Steamer, Empire carpets, Kars4Kids, and assorted boring back-of-phonebook services. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "The story behind the best-known local jingle in America," 8 Aug. 2019 Yes, fast-food chains have offered veggie patties in the past and next-gen offerings from Impossible Foods are already an option at White Castle, The Cheesecake Factory, Qdoba and assorted other restaurants. Eric Zorn,, "Column: Improved bogus burgers will encourage environmentally conscious diners to have it their way," 6 Aug. 2019 For some reason, the actual governor of Virginia clears time from his busy schedule to ask Becca’s assorted chuckleheads a debate question. Melissa Locker, Time, "The Bachelorette Recap: Everybody Hates Chris," 4 July 2018

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First Known Use of assort

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

History and Etymology for assort

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

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

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“Assort.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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

Kids Definition of assort

: to sort into groups of like kinds They assorted the marbles by color.

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