Meaning of SORT in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ sɔ:(r)t ]

( sorts, sorting, sorted)

Frequency: The word is one of the 700 most common words in English.


If you talk about a particular sort of something, you are talking about a class of things that have particular features in common and that belong to a larger group of related things.

What sort of school did you go to?...

There are so many different sorts of mushrooms available these days...

He had a nice, serious sort of smile...

That’s just the sort of abuse that he will be investigating...

Eddie was playing a game of some sort...

= type, kind

N-COUNT : with supp , usu N of n


You describe someone as a particular sort when you are describing their character.

He seemed to be just the right sort for the job...

She was a very vigorous sort of person...

What sort of men were they?

= type, kind

N-SING : with supp


If you sort things, you separate them into different classes, groups, or places, for example so that you can do different things with them.

The students are sorted into three ability groups...

He unlatched the box and sorted through the papers...

I sorted the laundry.

VERB : be V-ed into n , V through n , V n


If you get a problem or the details of something sorted , you do what is necessary to solve the problem or organize the details. ( INFORMAL )

I’m trying to get my script sorted...

= sort out

VERB : usu passive , get n V-ed


All sorts of things or people means a large number of different things or people.

There are all sorts of animals, including bears, pigs, kangaroos, and penguins...

Self-help groups of all sorts have been running for more than 20 years.



If you describe something as a thing of sorts or as a thing of a sort , you are suggesting that the thing is of a rather poor quality or standard.

He made a living of sorts selling pancakes from a van...



You use sort of when you want to say that your description of something is not very accurate. ( INFORMAL )

You could even order windows from a catalogue–a sort of mail order stained glass service...

PHRASE [ vagueness ]


to sort the wheat from the chaff: see chaff

nothing of the sort: see nothing

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