sort

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."

Primary Meanings of sort

1.
n
a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality
2.
vn
arrange or order by classes or categories
an operation that segregates items into groups according to a specified criterion
Full Definitions of sort
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n a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality

Synonyms:
form, kind, variety
Types:
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description
sort or variety
type
a subdivision of a particular kind of thing
antitype
an opposite or contrasting type
art form
(architecture) a form of artistic expression (such as writing or painting or architecture)
style
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
species
a specific kind of something
genus
a general kind of something
brand, make
a recognizable kind
genre
a kind of literary or artistic work
ilk, like
a kind of person
manner
a kind
model
a type of product
stripe
a kind or category
like, the like, the likes of
a similar kind
breed
a special type
nature
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
charm
(physics) one of the six flavors of quark
strangeness
(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:
category
a general concept that marks divisions or coordinations in a conceptual scheme

n an approximate definition or example

“she wore a sort of magenta dress”
“she served a creamy sort of dessert thing”
Type of:
similarity
the quality of being similar

n a person of a particular character or nature

“what sort of person is he?”
“he's a good sort
Type of:
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul
a human being
2

v arrange or order by classes or categories

Synonyms:
assort, class, classify, separate, sort out
Types:
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unitise, unitize
separate or classify into units
catalog, catalogue
make an itemized list or catalog of; classify
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
reclassify
classify anew, change the previous classification
size
sort according to size
dichotomise, dichotomize
divide into two opposing groups or kinds
pigeonhole, stamp, stereotype
treat or classify according to a mental stereotype
group
arrange into a group or groups
grade
determine the grade of or assign a grade to
count, number
put into a group
regroup
reorganize into new groups
bracket
classify or group
chunk, collocate, lump
group or chunk together in a certain order or place side by side
batch
batch together; assemble or process as a batch
Type of:
categorise, categorize
place into or assign to a category

v examine in order to test suitability

Synonyms:
screen, screen out, sieve
Type of:
choose, pick out, select, take
pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives

n an operation that segregates items into groups according to a specified criterion

“the bottleneck in mail delivery is the process of sorting
Synonyms:
sorting
Type of:
operation
(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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