Meaning of SORT in English


I. ˈsȯrt noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, fate, lot, characteristic, from Latin sort-, sors lot, share, category — more at series

Date: 14th century


a. : a group set up on the basis of any characteristic in common : class , kind

b. : one approximating the character or qualities of another

a sort of latter-day Abe Lincoln

c. : person , individual

he's not a bad sort

2. archaic : group , company


a. archaic : method or manner of acting : way , manner

b. : character , nature

people of an evil sort


a. : a letter or character that is one element of a font

b. : a character or piece of type that is not part of a regular font

5. : an instance of sorting

a numeric sort of a data file

Synonyms: see type

- after a sort

- all sorts of

- of sorts

- out of sorts

II. verb

Date: 14th century

transitive verb


a. : to put in a certain place or rank according to kind, class, or nature

sort apples

sort mail

b. : to arrange according to characteristics : classify — usually used with out

sort out colors

2. chiefly Scottish : to put to rights : put in order


a. : to examine in order to clarify — used with out

sort ing out his problems

b. : to free of confusion : clarify — used with out

waited until things sort ed themselves out

intransitive verb

1. : to join or associate with others especially of the same kind

sort with thieves

2. : agree , harmonize

his benign view sort s badly with reality — Henry Trewhitt

3. : search

sort through some old papers

• sort·able ˈsȯr-tə-bəl adjective

• sort·er noun

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