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sort

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noun \ˈsȯrt\

Definition of sort

  1. 1a :  a group set up on the basis of any characteristic in common :  class, kindb :  one approximating the character or qualities of another a sort of latter-day Abe Lincolnc :  person, individual he's not a bad sort

  2. 2 archaic :  group, company

  3. 3a archaic :  method or manner of acting :  way, mannerb :  character, nature people of an evil sort

  4. 4a :  a letter or character that is one element of a fontb :  a character or piece of type that is not part of a regular font

  5. 5 :  an instance of sorting a numeric sort of a data file

after a sort

  1. :  in a rough or haphazard way plays the piano, after a sort

all sorts of

  1. :  many different :  all kinds of knows all sorts of people

of sorts

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of a sort

  1. :  in some respects but not entirely or truly a vacation of sorts

out of sorts

  1. 1 :  somewhat ill

  2. 2 :  grouchy, irritable

Examples of sort in a sentence

  1. What sort of car do you drive?

  2. He's not a bad sort.

  3. She's not the sort to complain.

  4. The program did a numeric sort of the data.

Origin and Etymology of sort

Middle English, from Anglo-French, fate, lot, characteristic, from Latin sort-, sors lot, share, category — more at series


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of sort

type, kind, sort, nature, description, character mean a number of individuals thought of as a group because of a common quality or qualities. type may suggest strong and clearly marked similarity throughout the items included so that each is typical of the group one of three basic body types. kind may suggest natural grouping a zoo seemingly having animals of every kind. sort often suggests some disparagement the sort of newspaper dealing in sensational stories. nature may imply inherent, essential resemblance rather than obvious or superficial likenesses two problems of a similar nature. description implies a group marked by agreement in all details belonging to a type as described or defined not all acts of that description are actually illegal. character implies a group marked by distinctive likenesses peculiar to the type research on the subject so far has been of an elementary character.

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sort

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Definition of sort

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to put in a certain place or rank according to kind, class, or nature sort apples sort mailb :  to arrange according to characteristics :  classify —usually used with out sort out colors

  3. 2 chiefly Scotland :  to put to rights :  put in order

  4. 3a :  to examine in order to clarify —used with out sorting out his problemsb :  to free of confusion :  clarify —used with out waited until things sorted themselves out

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to join or associate with others especially of the same kind sort with thieves

  7. 2 :  agree, harmonize his benign view sorts badly with reality — Henry Trewhitt

  8. 3 :  search sort through some old papers

sortable

play \ˈsȯr-tə-bəl\ adjective

sorter

noun

Examples of sort in a sentence

  1. She started to sort the mail.

  2. They sorted the winners from the losers.

  3. The program can sort data alphabetically or numerically.

14th Century

First Known Use of sort

14th century



SORT Defined for English Language Learners

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sort

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noun \ˈsȯrt\

Definition of sort for English Language Learners

  • : a group of people or things that have some shared quality : a particular kind or type of person or thing

  • : a person of a particular type

  • : the act of separating things and putting them in a particular order : the act of sorting things


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sort

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Definition of sort for English Language Learners

  • : to separate and put (people or things) in a particular order

  • : to deal with (something or someone) in a successful way


SORT Defined for Kids

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sort

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noun \ˈsȯrt\

Definition of sort for Students

  1. 1 :  a group of persons or things that have something in common :  kind all sorts of people

  2. 2 :  person 1, individual He was not a bad sort.

  3. 3 :  general disposition :  nature people of an evil sort

out of sorts

  1. 1 :  not feeling well

  2. 2 :  easily angered :  irritable


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sort

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Definition of sort for Students

sorted

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sorting

  1. 1 :  to separate and arrange according to kind or class Sort the beads by color.

  2. 2 :  1search 1 He sorted through a stack of papers.



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