Idioms

Origin of sort

1200–50; (noun) Middle English < Middle French sorte < Medieval Latin sort- (stem of sors) kind, allotted status or portion, lot, Latin: orig., voter's lot; (v.) Middle English sorten to allot, arrange, assort (< Middle French sortir) < Latin sortīrī to draw lots, derivative of sors; later senses influenced by the noun and by assort

Related forms

Can be confused

kind2 sort type (see usage note at kind2) (see usage note at type)

Usage note

See kind2.
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British Dictionary definitions for sort out (1 of 2)

sort out

verb (tr, adverb)

to find a solution to (a problem, etc), esp to make clear or tidyit took a long time to sort out the mess
to take or separate, as from a larger grouphe sorted out the most likely ones
to organize into an orderly and disciplined group
informal to beat or punish

British Dictionary definitions for sort out (2 of 2)

sort

/ (sɔːt) /

noun


verb

Derived Forms

sortable, adjectivesortably, adverbsorter, noun

Word Origin for sort

C14: from Old French, from Medieval Latin sors kind, from Latin: fate

xref

See kind 2
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Idioms and Phrases with sort out

sort

see after a fashion (sort); all kinds (sorts) of; bad sort; it takes all sorts; kind (sort) of; nothing of the kind (sort); of sorts; out of sorts.


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