to find a solution to (a problem, etc), esp to make clear or tidy: it took a long time to sort out the mess
to take or separate, as from a larger group: he sorted out the most likely ones
to organize into an orderly and disciplined group
informal to beat or punish
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How to use sort out in a sentence
Court cases are flawed devices to sort out and solve such important social problems.
Without more details, it is impossible to sort out the sequence of events.Did One Liberian Prostitute Give Ebola to Eight Soldiers? | Kent Sepkowitz | October 7, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Rudder seems content to play the record keeper and let the philosophers sort out the sigificance.Heartache by the Numbers and OkCupid’s Founder Has Got Yours | Will Doig | October 6, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But the people of Iraq were strong-willed, a great people, and he trusted them to sort out their affairs.
So the administration sweeps problems under a rug, in the hopes that they can sort out the mess later.Obamacare’s Rollout Is a Disaster That Didn’t Have to Happen | Gregory Ferenstein | October 20, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
So much had happened so quickly during the past hour that Dalgard had no chance to plan or even sort out impressions in his mind.Star Born | Andre Norton
Here you will have quite some writing to do, and bills to sort out.From Farm to Fortune | Horatio Alger Jr.
First they began to sort out the things to be kept for immediate use.The Beach of Dreams | H. De Vere Stacpoole
Mina was trying to sort out the state of things which would result.Tristram of Blent | Anthony Hope
She obeyed and Leslie kneeling on the floor began to sort out the rags.Daisy Ashford: Her Book | Daisy Ashford