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assorted

[uh-sawr-tid]
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adjective
  1. consisting of different or various kinds; miscellaneous: assorted flavors; assorted sizes.
  2. consisting of selected kinds; arranged in sorts or varieties: rows of assorted vegetables.
  3. matched; suited.
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Origin of assorted

First recorded in 1790–1800; assort + -ed2
Related formsun·as·sort·ed, adjectivewell-as·sort·ed, adjective

assort

[uh-sawrt]
verb (used with object)
  1. to distribute, place, or arrange according to kind or class; classify; sort.
  2. to furnish with a suitable assortment or variety of goods; make up of articles likely to suit a demand.
  3. Archaic. to group with others of the same or similar kind; connect or identify as of a similar class; associate (usually followed by with).
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verb (used without object)
  1. to agree in sort or kind; be matched or suited.
  2. to associate; consort.
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Origin of assort

From the Middle French word assorter, dating back to 1480–90. See as-, sort
Related formsas·sort·a·tive, as·sort·ive, adjectiveas·sort·a·tive·ly, adverbas·sort·er, nounre·as·sort, verb
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  • It had started to pour again and they had opened the assorted umbrellas.

    L'Assommoir

    Emile Zola

  • Finally we selected our berths, assorted our luggage, and sat down to rest.

    A Woman who went to Alaska

    May Kellogg Sullivan

  • There were, indeed, many children of assorted nationalities and sizes.

    Mary Rose of Mifflin

    Frances R. Sterrett

  • Travellers of assorted ranks and occupations got in and out.

    The False Chevalier

    William Douw Lighthall

  • It is a town of color, due largely to the assorted population.

    The Pirate of Panama

    William MacLeod Raine


British Dictionary definitions for assorted

assorted

adjective
  1. consisting of various kinds mixed together; miscellaneousassorted sweets
  2. arranged in sorts; classifiedassorted categories
  3. matched; suited (esp in the combinations well-assorted, ill-assorted)
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assort

verb
  1. (tr) to arrange or distribute into groups of the same type; classify
  2. (intr usually foll by with) to fit or fall into a class or group; match
  3. (tr) to supply with an assortment of merchandise
  4. (tr) to put in the same category as others; group
  5. (intr usually foll by with) rare to keep company; consort
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Derived Formsassortative or assortive, adjectiveassortatively, adverbassorter, noun

Word Origin

C15: from Old French assorter, from sorte sort
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Word Origin and History for assorted

adj.

"arranged in sorts," 1797, past participle adjective from assort (v.).

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assort

v.

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.

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