Meaning of SORT in English


I. ˈsȯ(ə)r]t, -ȯ(ə)], usu ]d.+V\ noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French sorte, probably from Medieval Latin & Late Latin; Medieval Latin sort-, sors sort, kind, from Late Latin, way, manner, from Latin, lot, decision by lot, chance, fortune; perhaps akin to Latin serere to bind together, join — more at series

1. : a group or kind established or set up permanently or temporarily on the basis of any characteristic in common

a strange sort of people

— sometimes used as a zero plural with a preceding these or those and a following of

those sort of men


a. : a number of things used or adapted to be used together : set , suit

b. archaic : group , crowd , flock


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

b. : character , quality , disposition , nature

people of an evil sort

also : individual , thing

he is really not a bad sort at all


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

b. : a character or piece of type (as a symbol, piece fraction, or space) that is not part of a regular font

c. : a matrix that is not stored in a keyboard-controlled channel of a slugcasting machine and must be hand-inserted when used ; also : a character cast or made from such a matrix

5. sorts plural

a. : a grade of a natural resin (as a copal) characterized by largish pieces sorted usually by color

b. : ungraded gum (as gum arabic) of various sizes

Synonyms: see type

- after a sort

- of sorts

- out of sorts

II. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English sorten, from sort, n.

transitive verb

1. obsolete : to select as of a certain sort : choose ; also : to distinguish between

2. obsolete : to assign by or as if by lot : allot


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

sort mail

: arrange according to characteristics : classify — often used with out

sort out colors

b. : to separate (a particular thing) from a mass

sort out a defective tool

quickly sort out some of the riddles resulting from repressed guilt — R.L.Jenkins

4. chiefly Scotland : to furnish provision for ; especially : to feed and bed down (an animal)

5. chiefly Scotland

a. : to put to rights : put in order

b. : to put to rights morally by punishing or scolding

intransitive verb

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

sort with thieves

2. obsolete : to divine by or as if by lot : soothsay ; also : turn out

3. archaic : suit , harmonize , agree — used with with

III. noun

: an instance of sorting

an alpha sort

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