Definitions for SORTsɔrt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a particular kind, class, or group; category:

    two sorts of people - rich and poor.

  2. character, quality, or nature:

    friends of a nice sort.

  3. an example of something that is undistinguished:

    He is a sort of poet.

  4. manner, fashion, or way.

  5. Print. any of the individual characters making up a font of type.

    Category: Printing

  6. an instance of sorting.

  7. (v.t.)to arrange according to kind or class:

    to sort socks.

  8. to separate from other sorts (often fol. by out):

    to sort the good from the bad.

  9. to assign to a particular class, group, etc. (often fol. by with, together, etc.):

    sorting people together indiscriminately.

  10. to place (computerized data) in order, numerically or alphabetically.

    Category: Computers

  11. (v.i.)Archaic. to suit; agree; fit.

  12. 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:

  1. of sorts, of a mediocre or poor kind: a tennis player of sorts. Also, of a sort.

    Category: Idiom

  2. out of sorts, irritable or depressed. indisposed; ill. Print. short of certain characters of a font of type.

    Category: Idiom, Printing

  3. 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


Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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?"

  2. sort(noun)

    an approximate definition or example

    "she wore a sort of magenta dress"; "she served a creamy sort of dessert thing"

  3. sort(noun)

    a person of a particular character or nature

    "what sort of person is he?"; "he's a good sort"

  4. sort, sorting(verb)

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

    "the bottleneck in mail delivery is the process of sorting"

  5. screen, screen out, sieve, sort(verb)

    examine in order to test suitability

    "screen these samples"; "screen the job applicants"

  6. 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

  1. sort(noun)ɔrt


    What sort of dog have you got?

  2. sortɔrt

    many different kinds of

    There were all sorts of people in the group.

  3. sortɔrt

    indicates sth is not exactly how it should be

    It was an apology of sorts, but you could tell she didn't care.

  4. sortɔrt

    approximately, roughly; = kind of

    It's sort of round and has two handles.; "Did you understand it?" "Sort of."

  5. sort(verb)ɔrt

    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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sort(noun)

    chance; lot; destiny

  2. Sort(noun)

    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

  3. Sort(noun)

    manner; form of being or acting

  4. Sort(noun)

    condition above the vulgar; rank

  5. Sort(noun)

    a chance group; a company of persons who happen to be together; a troop; also, an assemblage of animals

  6. Sort(noun)

    a pair; a set; a suit

  7. Sort(noun)

    letters, figures, points, marks, spaces, or quadrats, belonging to a case, separately considered

  8. Sort(verb)

    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

  9. Sort(verb)

    to reduce to order from a confused state

  10. Sort(verb)

    to conjoin; to put together in distribution; to class

  11. Sort(verb)

    to choose from a number; to select; to cull

  12. Sort(verb)

    to conform; to adapt; to accommodate

  13. Sort(verb)

    to join or associate with others, esp. with others of the same kind or species; to agree

  14. Sort(verb)

    to suit; to fit; to be in accord; to harmonize


  1. Strategic Offensive Reductions Treaty

    The Treaty Between the United States of America and the Russian Federation on Strategic Offensive Reductions, also known as the Treaty of Moscow, was a strategic arms reduction treaty between the United States and Russia that was in force from June 2003 until February 2011 when it was superseded by the New START treaty. At the time, SORT was positioned as "represent[ing] an important element of the new strategic relationship" between the two countries with both parties agreeing to limit their nuclear arsenal to between 1700 and 2200 operationally deployed warheads each. It was signed in Moscow on 24 May 2002. After ratification by the U.S. Senate and the State Duma, SORT came into force on 1 June 2003. It would have expired on 31 December 2012 if not superseded by New START. Either party could have withdrawn from the treaty upon giving three months written notice to the other.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'SORT' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #748

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'SORT' in Written Corpus Frequency: #173

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'SORT' in Nouns Frequency: #143

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'SORT' in Verbs Frequency: #494

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.

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