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Meaning & Definition of Sort in English

English

Sort

/sɔrt/

noun

1. A category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality

  • "Sculpture is a form of art"
  • "What kinds of desserts are there?"
    synonym:
  • kind
  • ,
  • sort
  • ,
  • form
  • ,
  • variety

2. An approximate definition or example

  • "She wore a sort of magenta dress"
  • "She served a creamy sort of dessert thing"
    synonym:
  • sort

3. A person of a particular character or nature

  • "What sort of person is he?"
  • "He's a good sort"
    synonym:
  • sort

4. An operation that segregates items into groups according to a specified criterion

  • "The bottleneck in mail delivery is the process of sorting"
    synonym:
  • sort
  • ,
  • sorting

verb

1. Examine in order to test suitability

  • "Screen these samples"
  • "Screen the job applicants"
    synonym:
  • screen
  • ,
  • screen out
  • ,
  • sieve
  • ,
  • sort

2. Arrange or order by classes or categories

  • "How would you classify these pottery shards--are they prehistoric?"
    synonym:
  • classify
  • ,
  • class
  • ,
  • sort
  • ,
  • assort
  • ,
  • sort out
  • ,
  • separate

Examples of using

I'm sort of glad it's you and not him telling me; I couldn't bear to see that man again.
What sort of a person is Tom?
That's a sort of exploration challenge.