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[uh-sawrt] /əˈsɔrt/
verb (used with object)
to distribute, place, or arrange according to kind or class; classify; sort.
to furnish with a suitable assortment or variety of goods; make up of articles likely to suit a demand.
Archaic. to group with others of the same or similar kind; connect or identify as of a similar class; associate (usually followed by with).
verb (used without object)
to agree in sort or kind; be matched or suited.
to associate; consort.
Origin of assort
From the Middle French word assorter, dating back to 1480-90. See as-, sort
Related forms
assortative, assortive, adjective
assortatively, adverb
assorter, noun
reassort, verb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • No more need of our daily Committee and their pleasant aids, to unpack and assort supplies for our sick and wounded.

    Woman's Work in the Civil War Linus Pierpont Brockett
  • After council I went to work to assort the articles to be sold, etc.

    William Clayton's Journal William Clayton
  • Her swiftly flying memory seemed to assort a vast mine of treasures of the past.

  • "Coming," said Phyllis simply; and went in to assort her babies.

    The Wishing-Ring Man Margaret Widdemer
  • If you are kind enough to assort the books we put up yesterday, oblige me by going through the armoury.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • It is better to have each card different, and to assort the flags, so that every card may contain some not very generally known.

    Bright Ideas for Entertaining Mrs. Herbert B. Linscott
  • It is customary to assort the currency of from one to four groups by banks each day.

  • assort′edness; assort′ment, act of assorting: a quantity or number of things assorted: variety.

  • The colours for the conical stripes may be any two or four colours, which assort well together; or each may be different.

    My Knitting Book Miss Lambert
  • Obviously the artist may assort any two or more of these varieties in the same picture.

    Art Principles Ernest Govett
British Dictionary definitions for assort


(transitive) to arrange or distribute into groups of the same type; classify
(intransitive) usually foll by with. to fit or fall into a class or group; match
(transitive) to supply with an assortment of merchandise
(transitive) to put in the same category as others; group
(rare) (intransitive) usually foll by with. to keep company; consort
Derived Forms
assortative, assortive, adjective
assortatively, adverb
assorter, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Old French assorter, from sortesort
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for assort

late 15c., "to distribute into groups," from Middle French assortir (15c.), from Old French assorter "to assort, match," from a- "to" (see ad-) + sorte "kind" (see sort). Related: Assorted; assorting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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