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 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 Editors, stylists, rappers, basketball players, and assorted other creatives are now in Paris, and digging into the bottom of their see-through Rimowas for a few last killer looks. Dan Roberts, GQ, "The Best Street Style from Paris Fashion Week," 21 June 2018 Berkshire’s assorted manufacturing, service and retail businesses generated $1.8 billion net income, up from $1.3 billion a year ago. Josh Funk,, "Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway reports a $1.1 billion loss on paper," 5 May 2018 Among the others donations were $8,000 to the Senate GOP campaign committee in October 2016; $2,500 in March 2017 to Attorney General Brad Schimel; $5,000 to Gov. Scott Walker in October 2014; and assorted smaller amounts to individual lawmakers. Jason Stein, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin Republicans received nearly $90,000 from execs of title lender involved in free London trip for Robin Vos," 13 Apr. 2018 Rather than the typical natural materials such as wood and metal generally found in modern design, contemporary design allows for more curves and color, which can be blended and assorted in one-of-a-kind ways. Detroit Free Press, "Everything you need to know about modern and contemporary design," 16 Apr. 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.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 November 2019.

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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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