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The Collaborative International Dictionary

Assort \As*sort"\, v. i. To agree; to be in accordance; to be adapted; to suit; to fall into a class or place.


Assort \As*sort"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Assorted; p. pr. & vb. n. Assorting.] [F. assortir; ? (L. ad) + sortir to cast or draw lots, to obtain by lot, L. sortiri, fr. sors, sortis, lot. See Sort.]

  1. To separate and distribute into classes, as things of a like kind, nature, or quality, or which are suited to a like purpose; to classify; as, to assort goods.

    Note: [Rarely applied to persons.]

    They appear . . . no ways assorted to those with whom they must associate.

  2. To furnish with, or make up of, various sorts or a variety of goods; as, to assort a cargo.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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.


vb. 1 (context transitive English) To sort or arrange according to characteristic or class. 2 (context intransitive English) To be of a kind with. 3 (context intransitive English) To be associated with; to consort with. 4 (context transitive English) To furnish with, or make up of, various sorts or a variety of goods.

  1. v. keep company with; hang out with; "He associates with strange people"; "She affiliates with her colleagues" [syn: consort, associate, affiliate]

  2. arrange or order by classes or categories; "How would you classify these pottery shards--are they prehistoric?" [syn: classify, class, sort, sort out, separate]

Usage examples of "assort".

In this way we can accommodate more than a hundred head of cattle, of assorted ages.

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One burst open, spewing cosmetics, shoes, clothes and assorted unmentionables across the floor.

Usually a fractured timestone took half an hour or so to heal--but it varied somewhat with the quality of the stone, the surrounding temperature, and assorted unknown factors.

A rusting maroon pickup, loaded with boxes, bundles, and assorted junk, stood behind, preventing the Jeep from backing up.

A truck came once or twice a day to deliver new crates of nutro-powder and assorted color-flavor-textures, and to remove the expended shells.

Proton, plus the societies of werewolves, unicorns, vampires, demons and assorted monsters.

The established track wound through assorted other exercise areas, passing from one to another to make a huge circuit.

Well, he had been in dire need of the rest, and she had treated him with assorted minor medical aids including a restorative heat lamp, so that he really felt much better now.

A lesser or student grade in judo, indicated by belts of assorted colors: white, yellow, orange, green, blue, purple, or brown.

The furry, perpetually grinning reception committee was bearing a tray of assorted beverages.

Hanging on assorted hooks was a collection of fashions that bared more than they covered and seeming to guarantee a most smoldering night.

All the young debutantes this season, all the young men who do want to get married, their mamas and papas and other assorted escorts, and a few scoundrels like our sweet Jeremy whom you should avoid.

Farms Bureau used to holo himself screwing assorted animal life in his office.

The Hands and Feet and Left Armpit and whatever the hell other assorted body parts they comprise.