sorts; sorting; sorted

A sort is a type or a kind of something, or the act of categorizing things. If you’re an organized sort of person, sort your clothes by color. If you’re the disorganized sort, just chuck them all over the floor.

The noun sort can mean a category or example, or even a type of person, as in "My sister is a generous sort." As a verb, it means "organize, categorize, or resolve" like when you sort your earrings by size or your math teacher helps you sort out what went wrong on the latest test. Sort comes from the Latin sortem, "share or portion" and also "fate or destiny."

Definitions of sort
  1. noun
    a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality
    synonyms: form, kind, variety
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    sort or variety
    a subdivision of a particular kind of thing
    an opposite or contrasting type
    art form
    (architecture) a form of artistic expression (such as writing or painting or architecture)
    a particular kind (as to appearance)
    flavor, flavour
    (physics) the six kinds of quarks
    color, colour
    (physics) the characteristic of quarks that determines their role in the strong interaction
    a specific kind of something
    a general kind of something
    brand, make
    a recognizable kind
    a kind of literary or artistic work
    ilk, like
    a kind of person
    a kind
    a type of product
    a kind or category
    like, the like, the likes of
    a similar kind
    a special type
    a particular type of thing
    edition, variant, variation, version
    something a little different from others of the same type
    architectural style, style of architecture, type of architecture
    architecture as a kind of art form
    (physics) one of the six flavors of quark
    (physics) one of the six flavors of quark
    sonata form
    a musical form having 3 sections -- exposition and development and recapitulation; characteristic of 1st movement of a sonata or symphony
    type of:
    a general concept that marks divisions or coordinations in a conceptual scheme
  2. noun
    an approximate definition or example
    “she wore a sort of magenta dress”
    “she served a creamy sort of dessert thing”
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    type of:
    the quality of being similar
  3. noun
    a person of a particular character or nature
    “what sort of person is he?”
    “he's a good sort
  4. verb
    arrange or order by classes or categories
    synonyms: assort, class, classify, separate, sort out
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    unitise, unitize
    separate or classify into units
    catalog, catalogue
    make an itemized list or catalog of; classify
    separate (experiences) from the emotions relating to them
    think of, regard, or classify under a subsuming principle or with a general group or in relation to another
    classify anew, change the previous classification
    sort according to size
    dichotomise, dichotomize
    divide into two opposing groups or kinds
    pigeonhole, stamp, stereotype
    treat or classify according to a mental stereotype
    arrange into a group or groups
    determine the grade of or assign a grade to
    count, number
    put into a group
    reorganize into new groups
    classify or group
    chunk, collocate, lump
    group or chunk together in a certain order or place side by side
    batch together; assemble or process as a batch
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    categorise, categorize
    place into or assign to a category
  5. verb
    examine in order to test suitability
    synonyms: screen, screen out, sieve
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    choose, pick out, select, take
    pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives
  6. noun
    an operation that segregates items into groups according to a specified criterion
    “the bottleneck in mail delivery is the process of sorting
    synonyms: sorting
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    (computer science) data processing in which the result is completely specified by a rule (especially the processing that results from a single instruction)
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