sort

noun
\ ˈsȯrt \

Definition of sort

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a group set up on the basis of any characteristic in common : class, kind
b : one approximating the character or qualities of another a sort of latter-day Abe Lincoln
c : person, individual he's not a bad sort
2 archaic : group, company
3a archaic : method or manner of acting : way, manner
b : character, nature people of an evil sort
4a : a letter or character that is one element of a font
b : a character or piece of type that is not part of a regular font
5 : an instance of sorting a numeric sort of a data file
after a sort
: in a rough or haphazard way plays the piano, after a sort
all sorts of
: many different : all kinds of knows all sorts of people
of sorts or of a sort
: in some respects but not entirely or truly a vacation of sorts
out of sorts
1 : somewhat ill

sort

verb
sorted; sorting; sorts

Definition of sort (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to put in a certain place or rank according to kind, class, or nature sort apples sort mail
b : to arrange according to characteristics : classify usually used with out sort out colors
2 chiefly Scotland : to put to rights : put in order
3a : to examine in order to clarify used with out sorting out his problems
b : to free of confusion : clarify used with out waited until things sorted themselves out

intransitive verb

1 : to join or associate with others especially of the same kind sort with thieves
2 : agree, harmonize his benign view sorts badly with reality— Henry Trewhitt
3 : search sort through some old papers

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Other Words from sort

Verb

sortable \ ˈsȯr-​tə-​bəl \ adjective
sorter noun

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Noun

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

Examples of sort in a Sentence

Noun

What sort of car do you drive? He's not a bad sort. She's not the sort to complain. The program did a numeric sort of the data.

Verb

She started to sort the mail. They sorted the winners from the losers. The program can sort data alphabetically or numerically.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

This cottage cheese Sadoma grew up on was typically eaten with bread, used in dough to change the texture, or used in vareniki, a Russian dumpling of sorts. Ilaf Esuf, SELF, "How 10 People Cook the Foods They Grew Up With After Immigrating to the United States," 4 Jan. 2019 The internet fundamentally changes the economics of content of all sorts, from news to video. The Economist, "More knock-on than networkThe story of the internet is all about layers," 28 June 2018 For Trump, the two-day summit offers a respite of sorts from Robert Mueller, whose Russia probe recently ensnared his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, and close friend Sean Hannity. Isobel Thompson, The Hive, "Trump’s Advisers Worry About His Mental Health at Mar-a-Lago," 17 Apr. 2018 Embark is a collaboration of sorts, with Nexon serving as both a publisher and investor in the fledgling studio. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Former EA exec Patrick Söderlund’s new studio just opened, but it has big plans," 8 Nov. 2018 And keeping -- keep in mind, my calendars also were diaries of sorts, forward-looking and backward-looking, just like my dad's. Fox News, "Brett Kavanaugh's full opening testimony," 27 Sep. 2018 Traditional dishes Kaiseki ryori is a multicourse cuisine of Japan, a culinary finery of sorts, featuring premium, seasonal items such as Wagyu beef, Aigamo duck, Echizen crab and handmade noodles, delicately seasoned. The Seattle Times, "Hungry? Tokyo’s food meets visitor appetites for history and modernity," 7 Sep. 2018 Since stars inherit the composition of gases from which they are formed, these gases form a history of sorts, similar to how a tree's inner rings can reveal the story of its life. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Milky Way Died 7 Billion Years Ago And Came Back To Life," 24 Aug. 2018 The result of the collaborative brainstorm was a red kevlar pouch of sorts, designed to carry the boys. Wendy Dent, WIRED, "The Engineering Behind Elon Musk's Bid to Save Thailand's Cave Boys," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The whole question could go down to the wire on March 29 or even beyond, if political chaos in Britain forces the government to ask for a Brexit delay while the country’s politicians sort themselves out. WSJ, "Year of Living Dangerously With Friends and Foes," 17 Dec. 2018 Once everything is sorted, start packing non-essential items (think: holiday decorations and craft supplies). Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Follow This Weekly Moving Checklist for a Smooth, Stress-Free Transition," 5 Dec. 2018 The artists create their work by gathering a large pile of leaves, and then sorting them by color before using the various shades of red, orange, yellow, and brown to create their incredible designs. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "People Are Turning Fallen Leaves Into Works Of Art," 13 Nov. 2018 This book should come with a copy of the Physicians’ Desk Reference to enable the reader to sort them out. Dwight Garner, New York Times, "A Sleeping Beauty Hopes Hibernation Is the Answer to All Life’s Problems," 2 July 2018 Assuming things will just sort themselves out is what complacency is all about. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Surprise! Jurgen Klinsmann is back on his hypocrisy," 1 July 2018 Willow flycatchers belong to the genus Empidonax, a maddeningly difficult taxonomic group to sort out in the field. Taylor Piephoff, charlotteobserver, "Willow flycatchers are maddingly difficult to identify in the field," 13 June 2018 Clarification: An earlier version of this database was not properly sorting data with some schools and has been corrected. courier-journal.com, "KPREP 2017: Kentucky Department of Education school scores," 15 May 2018 Meanwhile, Sarri has said that there is enough time to sort things out in relation to the much talked about contractual clause. SI.com, "'Sarri Will Look to End Things' Expert Claims Napoli Boss Will Almost Certainly Seek Summer Exit," 8 May 2018

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First Known Use of sort

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for sort

Noun

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

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sort

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sort

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

sort

verb

English Language Learners Definition of sort (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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

sort

noun
\ ˈsȯrt \

Kids Definition of sort

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a group of persons or things that have something in common : kind all sorts of people
2 : person sense 1, individual He was not a bad sort.
3 : general disposition : nature people of an evil sort
out of sorts
1 : not feeling well
2 : easily angered : irritable

sort

verb
sorted; sorting

Kids Definition of sort (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to separate and arrange according to kind or class Sort the beads by color.
2 : search entry 1 sense 1 He sorted through a stack of papers.

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