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sort

 (sôrt)
n.
1. A group of persons or things of the same general character; a kind. See Usage Note at kind2.
2. Character or nature: books of a subversive sort.
3. One that exemplifies the characteristics of or serves a similar function to another: "A large dinner-party ... made a sort of general introduction for her to the society of the neighbourhood" (George Eliot).
4. A person; an individual: The clerk is a decent sort.
5. Computers An operation that arranges data in a specified way: did an alphabetic sort on the columns of data.
6. Archaic A way of acting or behaving: "in this sort the simple household lived / From day to day" (William Wordsworth).
v. sort·ed, sort·ing, sorts
v.tr.
1. To place or arrange according to class, kind, or size; classify: sorted the books into boxes by genre. See Synonyms at arrange.
2. To separate from others: sort the wheat from the chaff.
v.intr.
1. To make a search or examination of a collection of things: sorted through the laundry looking for a matching sock.
2. To be or become arranged in a certain way.
Phrasal Verb:
sort out
1. To separate from others: sorted out the books to be donated to the library.
2. To clarify or resolve: She tried to sort out her problems.
3. To bring or restore to health or good condition: A good night's sleep will sort you out.
4. To reprimand or punish (someone) for a mistake or offense.
Idioms:
after a sort
In a haphazard or imperfect way: managed to paint the chair after a sort.
of sorts/a sort
1. Of a mediocre or inferior kind: a constitutional government of a sort.
2. Of one kind or another: knew many folktales of sorts.
out of sorts
1. Slightly ill.
2. Irritable; cross: The teacher is out of sorts this morning.
sort of Informal
Somewhat; rather: "Gambling and prostitution ... have been prohibited, but only sort of" (George F. Will).

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin sors, sort-, lot; see ser- in Indo-European roots.]

sort′a·ble adj.
sort′er n.

sort out

vb (tr, adverb)
1. to find a solution to (a problem, etc), esp to make clear or tidy: it took a long time to sort out the mess.
2. to take or separate, as from a larger group: he sorted out the most likely ones.
3. to organize into an orderly and disciplined group
4. informal to beat or punish
n
the process of separating things that are wanted from things that are not
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.sort out - arrange or order by classes or categoriessort out - arrange or order by classes or categories; "How would you classify these pottery shards--are they prehistoric?"
unitise, unitize - separate or classify into units; "The hospital was unitized for efficiency"
catalogue, catalog - make an itemized list or catalog of; classify; "He is cataloguing his photographic negatives"
isolate - separate (experiences) from the emotions relating to them
refer - think of, regard, or classify under a subsuming principle or with a general group or in relation to another; "This plant can be referred to a known species"
reclassify - classify anew, change the previous classification; "The zoologists had to reclassify the mollusks after they found new species"
size - sort according to size
dichotomise, dichotomize - divide into two opposing groups or kinds
stereotype, pigeonhole, stamp - treat or classify according to a mental stereotype; "I was stereotyped as a lazy Southern European"
group - arrange into a group or groups; "Can you group these shapes together?"
categorise, categorize - place into or assign to a category; "Children learn early on to categorize"
grade - determine the grade of or assign a grade to
number, count - put into a group; "The academy counts several Nobel Prize winners among its members"
2.sort out - make free from confusion or ambiguity; make clear; "Could you clarify these remarks?"; "Clear up the question of who is at fault"
clarify, clear up, elucidate - make clear and (more) comprehensible; "clarify the mystery surrounding her death"
3.sort out - punish in order to gain control or enforce obedience; "The teacher disciplined the pupils rather frequently"
penalise, penalize, punish - impose a penalty on; inflict punishment on; "The students were penalized for showing up late for class"; "we had to punish the dog for soiling the floor again"

sort

noun
A class that is defined by the common attribute or attributes possessed by all its members:
Informal: persuasion.
verb
1. To distribute into groups according to kinds.Also used with out:
2. To put into a deliberate order:
3. To set apart (one kind or type) from others:
Translations
يُحَسِّنيعْتَني بِ، يُعاقِبيُفَرِّزُيَفْرِز، يُصَنِّف
vytříditvyřešitvyřídit si účty
ordneklare
erotella
odijeliti
lerendez
gera upp viîkoma lagi á, leiîrétta, sjá umvelja úr
解決する
해결하다
vybaviť si účty
klara upp
จัดเรียง
dersini vermekdüzeltmekhalletmekseçip ayırmakyoluna koymak
giải quyết

w>sort out

vt sep
(= arrange)sortieren, ordnen; (= select)aussortieren, aussuchen; to sort something out from somethingetw von etw trennen; to sort red apples out from green onesrote und grüne Äpfel aussortieren
(= straighten out) muddlein Ordnung bringen; problemlösen; situationklären; the problem will sort itself outdas Problem wird sich von selbst lösen or erledigen; to sort oneself outzur Ruhe kommen, sich (dat)über sich (acc)selbst klar werden; you must come and visit us once we’ve sorted ourselves outwenn wir uns erst mal richtig eingerichtet haben, musst du uns unbedingt besuchen
(esp Brit inf) to sort somebody outsich (dat)jdn vorknöpfen (inf)

sort

(soːt) noun
a class, type or kind. I like all sorts of books; She was wearing a sort of crown.
verb
to separate into classes or groups, putting each item in its place. She sorted the buttons into large ones and small ones.
ˈsorter noun
a person or machine that separates and arranges, especially letters, postcards etc.
of a sort / of sorts
of a (usually poor) kind. She threw together a meal of sorts but we were still hungry afterwards.
out of sorts
1. slightly unwell. I felt a bit out of sorts after last night's heavy meal.
2. not in good spirits or temper. He's been a little out of sorts since they told him to stay at home.
sort of
rather; in a way; to a certain extent. He was sort of peculiar!; I feel sort of worried about him.
sort out
1. to separate (one lot or type of) things from a general mixture. I'll try to sort out some books that he might like.
2. to correct, improve, solve etc. You must sort out your business affairs.
3. to attend to, usually by punishing or reprimanding. I'll soon sort you out, you evil little man!

sort out

يُفَرِّزُ vytřídit ordne klären διαχωρίζω ordenar erotella ranger odijeliti classificare 解決する 해결하다 ontwarren sortere posortować separar разбирать klara upp จัดเรียง halletmek giải quyết 理清
References in classic literature ?
Perhaps you might care to come with me; I can go to my rooms and sort out these queer Welkin documents, while you run round and get your friend the detective.
So one way to sort out lazy designers might be to ask them to change every 'px' to 'em' and divide the associated number by 10.
He has given DTI officials just eight weeks to sort out the mess.