What is the meaning of sort?


  • A category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality.
    • usage: "sculpture is a form of art"; "what kinds of desserts are there"
  • An approximate definition or example.
    • usage: "she wore a sort of magenta dress"; "she served a creamy sort of dessert thing"
  • A person of a particular character or nature.
    • usage: "what sort of person is he"; "he's a good sort"
  • An operation that segregates items into groups according to a specified criterion.
    • usage: "the bottleneck in mail delivery is the process of sorting"


  • Examine in order to test suitability.
    • usage: "screen these samples"; "screen the job applicants"
  • Arrange or order by classes or categories.
    • usage: "How would you classify these pottery shards-are they prehistoric"
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APAWordNet. (2010). sort. Retrieved September 24, 2017, from http://smartdefine.org/sort/definitions/1210326
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "sort" http://smartdefine.org/sort/definitions/1210326 (accessed September 24, 2017).
HarvardWordNet 2010, sort, Smart Define, viewed 24 September, 2017, <http://smartdefine.org/sort/definitions/1210326>.
MLAWordNet. "sort" 23 October 2010. Web. 24 September 2017. <http://smartdefine.org/sort/definitions/1210326>
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