sort outphrasal verb
sorted out; sorting out; sorts out
Definition of sort out
(Entry 1 of 2)
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).
Definition of sort-out (Entry 2 of 2)
: an activity in which someone makes a room, closet, etc., neat and organized Let's have a sort-out of the attic.
a sum of money that is sent as a payment
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