sort out

phrasal verb
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of sort out

1 :to understand or find (something, such as a reason or a solution) by thinking
  • I'm trying to sort out a way to do it.
2 :to find an answer or solution for (something)
  • He's still trying to sort out his problems.
  • We need to get these problems sorted out as soon as possible.
  • They couldn't come up with a solution and decided to wait to see whether problem sorted itself out.
3 :to solve the problems of (someone)
  • They're still trying to sort their son out.
  • I just need a little more time to sort myself out.
4 British, informal :to deal in a forceful way with (someone who is causing problems)
  • I told my brother they were bullying me, and he promised to sort them out (for me).

Word by Word Definitions

sort play
  1. : a group set up on the basis of any characteristic in common : class, kind

  2. : one approximating the character or qualities of another

  3. : person, individual

  1. : to put in a certain place or rank according to kind, class, or nature

  2. : to arrange according to characteristics : classify

  3. : to put to rights : put in order

out play
  1. : in a direction away from the inside or center

  2. : outside

  3. : from among others

  1. : eject, oust

  2. : to identify publicly as being such secretly

  3. : to become publicly known

  1. used as a function word to indicate an outward movement

  1. : situated outside : external

  2. : out-of-bounds

  3. : situated at a distance : outlying

  1. : outside

  2. : one who is out of office or power or on the outside

  3. : an act or instance of putting a player out or of being put out in baseball

  1. : in a manner that exceeds or surpasses and sometimes overpowers or defeats


sort-out

noun

Definition of sort-out

British
:an activity in which someone makes a room, closet, etc., neat and organized
  • Let's have a sort-out of the attic.

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