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assort

[uh-sawrt]
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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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Historical Examples

  • Thus the assorter receives the only passport on which he may leave the office for the day.

    The Galaxy, May, 1877

    Various

  • Below the till is a shelf of the width of the stand, for the convenience to the assorter next in front.

  • No assorter is allowed to leave the room during business hours except on a pass, to be taken up by the doorkeeper.

  • Notes wrongly grouped are thrown together and put up in white straps, for return next day to the first assorter.


British Dictionary definitions for assorter

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 assorter

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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