Definitions for SORTsɔrt
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a particular kind, class, or group; category:
two sorts of people - rich and poor.
character, quality, or nature:
friends of a nice sort.
an example of something that is undistinguished:
He is a sort of poet.
manner, fashion, or way.
Print. any of the individual characters making up a font of type.
an instance of sorting.
(v.t.)to arrange according to kind or class:
to sort socks.
to separate from other sorts (often fol. by out):
to sort the good from the bad.
to assign to a particular class, group, etc. (often fol. by with, together, etc.):
sorting people together indiscriminately.
to place (computerized data) in order, numerically or alphabetically.
(v.i.)Archaic. to suit; agree; fit.
sort out, evolve; turn out: to put in order; clarify:
Wait and see how things sort out.
After I sort things out here, I can leave.
Category: Common Vocabulary, Verb Phrase
Idioms for sort:
of sorts, of a mediocre or poor kind: a tennis player of sorts. Also, of a sort.
out of sorts, irritable or depressed. indisposed; ill. Print. short of certain characters of a font of type.
Category: Idiom, Printing
sort of,somewhat; rather.
Category: Informal, Idiom
* Usage: See kind2.
Origin of sort:
1200–50; (n.) ME < MF sorte < ML sort- (s. of sors) kind, allotted status, L: orig., voter's lot
kind, sort, form, variety(noun)
a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality
"sculpture is a form of art"; "what kinds of desserts are there?"
an approximate definition or example
"she wore a sort of magenta dress"; "she served a creamy sort of dessert thing"
a person of a particular character or nature
"what sort of person is he?"; "he's a good sort"
an operation that segregates items into groups according to a specified criterion
"the bottleneck in mail delivery is the process of sorting"
screen, screen out, sieve, sort(verb)
examine in order to test suitability
"screen these samples"; "screen the job applicants"
classify, class, sort, assort, sort out, separate(verb)
arrange or order by classes or categories
"How would you classify these pottery shards--are they prehistoric?"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
What sort of dog have you got?
many different kinds of
There were all sorts of people in the group.
indicates sth is not exactly how it should be
It was an apology of sorts, but you could tell she didn't care.
approximately, roughly; = kind of
It's sort of round and has two handles.; "Did you understand it?" "Sort of."
to arrange into groups or categories
The books have been sorted alphabetically.; We could sort the cards by color or suit.; I've sorted my clothes into several bags.
chance; lot; destiny
a kind or species; any number or collection of individual persons or things characterized by the same or like qualities; a class or order; as, a sort of men; a sort of horses; a sort of trees; a sort of poems
manner; form of being or acting
condition above the vulgar; rank
a chance group; a company of persons who happen to be together; a troop; also, an assemblage of animals
a pair; a set; a suit
letters, figures, points, marks, spaces, or quadrats, belonging to a case, separately considered
to separate, and place in distinct classes or divisions, as things having different qualities; as, to sort cloths according to their colors; to sort wool or thread according to its fineness
to reduce to order from a confused state
to conjoin; to put together in distribution; to class
to choose from a number; to select; to cull
to conform; to adapt; to accommodate
to join or associate with others, esp. with others of the same kind or species; to agree
to suit; to fit; to be in accord; to harmonize
Translations for SORT
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
a class, type or kind
I like all sorts of books; She was wearing a sort of crown.
- نَوْع، طَبَقَهArabic
- tipoPortuguese (BR)
- die ArtGerman
- clase, tipo, géneroSpanish
- sort, liik, laadEstonian
- طبقه؛ گونهFarsi
- किस्म, प्रकारHindi
- vrsta, sortaCroatian
- sorta, tipoItalian
- veids;šķirne; sugaLatvian
- type, slags, sort, artNorwegian
- طبقه؛ گونهPersian
- вид; род; сортRussian
- sort, slag, typSwedish
- ชนิด; ประเภท; แบบThai
- 種類Chinese (Trad.)
- рід; сорт; типUkrainian
- قسم، نوعUrdu
- loại, thứ, hạngVietnamese
- 种类Chinese (Simp.)
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