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deal with/sort out a problem
▪ The state has failed to deal with the problem of violence against women.
kind/type/sort of person
▪ David was not the sort of person who found it easy to talk about his feelings.
some kind/type/form/sort of sth
▪ We can hopefully reach some kind of agreement.
sort mail (=put it into different piles, ready for delivery)
▪ Some mail still has to be sorted by hand.
sort out your priorities (=decide which things are the most important as a way of dealing with a situation)
▪ If you’ve got a lot of things to do, sort out your priorities.
sort out...mess
▪ All she could do was pray that, somehow, she might be able to sort out the mess she had got herself into.
sorting office
▪ Rather, the moral goodness was really the power to produce a certain sort of pleasing sensation in the observer.
▪ I shall view it as a principle that operates without any bias towards the emergence of certain sorts of organ.
▪ Now the company is hoping that iconoclasm is coming back into style - and a certain sort of iconoclasm at that.
▪ Where certain sorts of men marched in ahead of their wives.
▪ Equally, emotional attitudes may figure as standard causes of certain sorts of utterance.
▪ A certain sort of grimness came into my voice, as if expediency had now to take over.
▪ He could afford, he reckoned, to be relaxed about certain sorts of problem; namely those he privately labelled intractable.
▪ This made him very successful, since utterly trusted, with certain sorts of client.
▪ Well, it may be simulating the same sport, but it's a totally different sort of game.
▪ By extension, bodies and souls can exist independently since they are different sorts of entities.
▪ These two levels of classification exhibit two quite different sorts of clustering.
▪ Though there are different sorts of music, each sort has definite standards of excellence and appreciation.
▪ As it happens, different sorts of Democrats seem to be for different things.
▪ This suggests that those entering long-stay hospital care present different sorts of needs from those entering public/private nursing home or residential care.
▪ Great houses have many different sorts of gardens in the total plan.
▪ With a stout ship and the right sort of clothes to withstand the weather some good cruising can be enjoyed.
▪ My right one, sort of like some one brushed the back side of it.
▪ But frequently they appear to have taken leave of their senses when it comes to choosing the right sort of women.
▪ Only Humphrey Bogart, in his later years, could bring the right sort of edge to this amoral, curmudgeonly character.
▪ Once some one has established themselves as being the right sort of chap, then their name crops up time and again.
▪ She employed a consultant to ensure she and her husband received the right sort of coverage.
▪ Fred Titmus bowled the right sort of ball and I smashed it in the direction of the pavilion.
▪ In addition, she knew that ours was the kind of show which would give her the right sort of outlet.
all sorts/kinds/types of sth
▪ After that, they subjected me to all kinds of examinations and procedures.
▪ At that special level all sorts of odd things happened...
▪ Damaged anemones are open to all sorts of bacterial diseases which can be fatal.
▪ No one company offers the best or worst deals in all countries or for all types of car.
▪ Now here was Lisa, claiming her innocence, claiming all sorts of prosecutorial abuse.
▪ Now, all kinds of marvellous technologies are used to read the message of the nucleic acids.
▪ Producers are obstructed by governments in all sorts of ways, but enterprises are, by and large, private.
▪ There are all sorts of machines being developed to upgrade security.
bad lot/sort/type
▪ And yes, I know, even as a spectator, I was condoning the worst sort of behavior.
▪ But maybe that is the worst sort of wishful thinking.
▪ Domestic violence is insanity of the worst sort.
▪ He was a bad lot and it was just one of those things.
▪ I left to live with a boyfriend, who turned out to be a bad lot.
▪ If so, San Diego was among the worst of a bad lot.
▪ If they do not, they will be guilty of the worst sort of hypocrisy.
▪ The city's school system, among the worst of a bad lot through the state, is full of squabbling.
nothing of the sort/kind
▪ But nothing of the sort happens.
▪ Even apparent moves by the regime to resolve the crisis turn out on closer inspection to be nothing of the kind.
▪ In reality, of course, Pooley had done nothing of the kind.
▪ It is nothing of the kind.
▪ It sounds unkind, but nothing of the sort was ever remotely true of Borg.
▪ Maggie expected him to look annoyed but he did nothing of the sort.
▪ Uncle Allen remembered nothing of the sort.
▪ Uncle Ralph was always a good-natured sort.
▪ And I knew what I must find, at once, without delay of any sort.
▪ By clever use of the medium and washes, all sorts of possibilities open up.
▪ Eventually money becomes worthless, and people are forced to barter or substitute with other sorts of currencies, like cigarettes.
▪ Indeed, it may be that on occasion physical ill-treatment is a consequence of the tension this sort of situation produces.
▪ Not, Emilio thought, smiling inwardly, the sort to fall asleep early.
▪ She had got rid of Sarah for the moment but what sort of havoc was the girl going to cause this time?
▪ Think what sort of group Free People are.
▪ This seems to me to be an eminently sensible arrangement, and I think this sort of structure could also work here.
▪ His agent was sorting out the fine print.
▪ Now lawyers for all sides are trying to sort out the mess.
▪ It also contributes to debtors' sense of hopelessness, because as soon as one crisis is sorted out, another hits them.
▪ There are no orders, no translation of signals from on high, no one sorting out the work into parcels.
▪ And the thing is, that Barry doesn't really want to get on the plane until it's all sorted out.
▪ She is in hospital care until the baby-swop is sorted out.
▪ There's something I ought to have sorted out, I can sense it, but I need to think.
▪ Perhaps this evening they might be able to sort out the details.
▪ But sorting out the details of his gift has been anything but simple.
▪ In parallel the three Managing Directors are starting to sort out the detailed issues connected with the new structure.
▪ But at least we can sort out the issues involved.
▪ Instead of sorting the matter out with a little penitence...
▪ The etiquette guide, written with the help of one Ellis Weiner, seeks to sort out such intimate matters for us.
▪ Its Transitional Assistance Group was utterly inadequate to sort out the mess.
▪ Then sort through the larger mess.
▪ She needed space and time to think, time to sort out this mess of mixed emotions.
▪ Now lawyers for all sides are trying to sort out the mess.
▪ Now banks and councils have to sort out the mess.
▪ The firm had to close while an expert sorted out the mess, the Old Bailey heard.
▪ They are the ones who, at present, have to sort out the mess after the degree ceremonies have been long forgotten.
▪ In the end President Mitterrand chose his friend Pierre Berge, head of a fashion house, to sort out the mess.
▪ FitzAlan's brother-in-law sat there, sorting through piles of official-looking documents.
▪ When I entered our room I found Mum had down two more vases and was sorting out a pile of pawn tickets.
▪ Bodie upturned the waste bin and sorted through the small pile of chewing-gum wrappers, empty cigarette packets, and cigarette butts.
▪ I came home, put them on the floor and they virtually sorted themselves into two piles.
▪ One was occupied by a plump woman in her forties, who was briskly sorting through a pile of letters.
▪ Get your problems sorted out here.
▪ It did not bother her that there were still problems to sort out at Motijhil.
▪ Get your money problems sorted out and the rest will follow.
▪ But she added that the problems would be sorted out by next week.
▪ And if I'd had any problems, he sorted them out.
▪ All the other problems could be sorted out when that had been accomplished.
▪ I think I have the problem sorted out and the Honda is quick enough to win the race.
▪ The seating problem more or less sorted itself out.
▪ It was some time before the organizers were able to sort things out.
▪ If all this research leaves you feeling overwhelmed, you can turn to a campus career counselor for help sorting things out.
▪ She hadn't even begun to sort things out when Louise retired a month later.
▪ You need to sort things out.
▪ I've sorted things out with the landlord at the Prince William.
▪ Why should necessity sort things out?
▪ But I have to go back to the mill first - there are a few things I have to sort out.
▪ These things could be sorted out and surmounted.
▪ Well, by the time things had sorted themselves out, Johnny Miller was nearest to us and we were paired with him.
▪ It didn't take long to get things sorted out.
▪ By contrast, when a manager comes to seem me, I can make things happen to sort out any problems.
▪ I could work here then go up to London during the day and try to get things sorted out.
▪ She hadn't even begun to sort things out when Louise retired a month later.
▪ In the final weeks of the course, students began to sort them-selves out.
▪ The next day the Tiergarten is invaded by refuse workers in orange jumpsuits, who begin sorting the rubbish.
▪ Guerash out of instinct begins to sort the booking sheets and bond slips, and I help.
▪ On 24 April a team of about 10 began to sort the books by then accumulating in the Davidson Room.
▪ Stem pulls the box to him and begins sorting through the documents.
▪ She began to sort through some reservation cards.
▪ We began sorting them into different area sizes as we were getting confused with those we had and didn't have.
▪ It's our first season as a protest group and we haven't quite got the publishing side sorted out.
▪ I would read through a passage and get it sorted out as best I could.
▪ Rough when it happens, though. Get all your benefits sorted out and then start looking around again.
▪ Now we've got that sorted, let's have a look at the game.
▪ I want you to instruct them that they've got three months instead of six to get the details sorted out.
▪ Kate had asked for another day of leave to try and get her family affairs sorted out.
▪ We've got to sort this out, for everyone else's sake, not just ours.
▪ This speech style helps children sort out the sounds of language.
▪ Such teaching helps the learner to sort out the facts an to make some judgments and decisions about them.
▪ Simon House and the annex take in people from the street and try to help them sort out their lives.
▪ Later, they fielded the phone calls from recruiters, sat for home visits and helped their daughters sort out offers.
▪ The counsellors' job is to help the couple to sort out what really lies behind the words as well as the actions.
▪ Now there's a new scheme to help us sort the good furniture men from the cowboys.
▪ They would help us sort out other groups, if we had asked.
▪ Mark was out there at the time, so we asked him to help us sort it out.
▪ Ours not to reason why - ours just to read the ruddy instruments and let others sort the problems out.
▪ Others will ignore the problem and let the children sort it out themselves.
▪ She wanted to let everything go, let events sort themselves out.
▪ However, as Brown admits, there is still much that needs sorting out.
▪ He needed time to sort out his emotions.
▪ You need to sort things out.
▪ She realized that she had some confusions of her own that needed sorting out.
▪ The Governor admits there have been teething problems which need sorting out.
▪ It needs to be sorted out before wildlife is badly affected.
▪ I wanted him to be home with me, but I needed to get myself sorted out.
▪ In parallel the three Managing Directors are starting to sort out the detailed issues connected with the new structure.
▪ While she started sorting out the lettuce from the spinach I took my leave and went up to my room.
▪ So many confusing facts battered his brain he didn't know how to start sorting them out.
▪ Up in London, I started to sort out various logistical problems.
▪ In any case, some one had to come and try to sort things out.
▪ Even very smart clients would get seriously stuck trying to sort it all out.
▪ The two of us tried valiantly to sort out the ramifications of living in separate cities.
▪ Afterward, I tried to sort out why I had decided what I did and what that meant.
▪ If you're in trouble, for example, do you try to sort it out yourself or get everyone else involved?
▪ Now lawyers for all sides are trying to sort out the mess.
▪ Don't worry about the money. I'll sort it, OK?
▪ It takes a couple of hours to sort the mail in the morning.
▪ The rubbish has to be sorted into things that can be recycled and things that can't
▪ We sorted all the clothes into two piles - those to be kept, and those to be given away.
▪ You should be able to sort this without my help.
▪ A preschooler might get confused by such games as sorting blocks by shape.
▪ Central to the tax are the bands into which homes of different value will be sorted.
▪ Musial mentally sorts the deliveries of some 80 or 90 pitchers.
▪ Recorded in this way, the information is easier to sort and analyse after the excavation has finished.
▪ She sighed again and sorted through the rough sketches.
▪ The records will be sorted by zip code and displayed on the screen.
▪ You will have to spend some time getting the suspension sorted.
▪ Your reference materials should be sorted out and grouped together around each subheading within the proposal outline.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Sort \Sort\, n. [F. sorl, L. sors, sortis. See Sort kind.] Chance; lot; destiny. [Obs.]

By aventure, or sort, or cas [chance].

Let blockish Ajax draw The sort to fight with Hector.


Sort \Sort\, n. [F. sorie (cf. It. sorta, sorte), from L. sors, sorti, a lot, part, probably akin to serere to connect. See Series, and cf. Assort, Consort, Resort, Sorcery, Sort lot.]

  1. A kind or species; any number or collection of individual persons or things characterized by the same or like qualities; a class or order; as, a sort of men; a sort of horses; a sort of trees; a sort of poems.

  2. Manner; form of being or acting.

    Which for my part I covet to perform, In sort as through the world I did proclaim.

    Flowers, in such sort worn, can neither be smelt nor seen well by those that wear them.

    I'll deceive you in another sort.

    To Adam in what sort Shall I appear?

    I shall not be wholly without praise, if in some sort I have copied his style.

  3. Condition above the vulgar; rank. [Obs.]

  4. A chance group; a company of persons who happen to be together; a troop; also, an assemblage of animals. [Obs.] ``A sort of shepherds.''
    --Spenser. ``A sort of steers.''
    --Spenser. ``A sort of doves.''
    --Dryden. ``A sort of rogues.''

    A boy, a child, and we a sort of us, Vowed against his voyage.

  5. A pair; a set; a suit.

  6. pl. (Print.) Letters, figures, points, marks, spaces, or quadrats, belonging to a case, separately considered.

    Out of sorts (Print.), with some letters or sorts of type deficient or exhausted in the case or font; hence, colloquially, out of order; ill; vexed; disturbed.

    To run upon sorts (Print.), to use or require a greater number of some particular letters, figures, or marks than the regular proportion, as, for example, in making an index.

    Syn: Kind; species; rank; condition.

    Usage: Sort, Kind. Kind originally denoted things of the same family, or bound together by some natural affinity; and hence, a class. Sort signifies that which constitutes a particular lot of parcel, not implying necessarily the idea of affinity, but of mere assemblage. the two words are now used to a great extent interchangeably, though sort (perhaps from its original meaning of lot) sometimes carries with it a slight tone of disparagement or contempt, as when we say, that sort of people, that sort of language.

    As when the total kind Of birds, in orderly array on wing, Came summoned over Eden to receive Their names of there.

    None of noble sort Would so offend a virgin.


Sort \Sort\, v. i.

  1. To join or associate with others, esp. with others of the same kind or species; to agree.

    Nor do metals only sort and herd with metals in the earth, and minerals with minerals.

    The illiberality of parents towards children makes them base, and sort with any company.

  2. To suit; to fit; to be in accord; to harmonize.

    They are happy whose natures sort with their vocations.

    Things sort not to my will.

    I can not tell you precisely how they sorted.
    --Sir W. Scott.


Sort \Sort\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Sorted; p. pr. & vb. n. Sorting.]

  1. To separate, and place in distinct classes or divisions, as things having different qualities; as, to sort cloths according to their colors; to sort wool or thread according to its fineness.

    Rays which differ in refrangibility may be parted and sorted from one another.
    --Sir I. Newton.

  2. To reduce to order from a confused state.

  3. To conjoin; to put together in distribution; to class.

    Shellfish have been, by some of the ancients, compared and sorted with insects.

    She sorts things present with things past.
    --Sir J. Davies.

  4. To choose from a number; to select; to cull.

    That he may sort out a worthy spouse.

    I'll sort some other time to visit you.

  5. To conform; to adapt; to accommodate. [R.]

    I pray thee, sort thy heart to patience.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., "group of people, animals, etc.; kind or variety of person or animal," from Old French sorte "class, kind," from Latin sortem (nominative sors) "lot; fate, destiny; share, portion; rank, category; sex, class, oracular response, prophecy," from PIE root *ser- (3) "to line up" (cognates: Latin serere "to arrange, attach, join;" see series). The sense evolution in Vulgar Latin is from "what is allotted to one by fate," to "fortune, condition," to "rank, class, order." Later (mid-15c.) "group, class, or category of items; kind or variety of thing; pattern, design." Out of sorts "not in usual good condition" is attested from 1620s, with literal sense of "out of stock."


mid-14c., "to arrange according to type or quality," from Old French sortir "allot, sort, assort," from Latin sortiri "draw lots, divide, choose," from sors (see sort (n.)). In some senses, the verb is a shortened form of assort.


Etymology 1 n. A general type. Etymology 2

vb. 1 (senseid en separate according to certain criteria)(context transitive English) To separate according to certain criterion. 2 (senseid en arrange into some sort of order)(context transitive English) To arrange into some order, especially numerically, alphabetically or chronologically. 3 (senseid en fix a problem)(context British English) To fix a problem, to handle a task; to sort out. 4 (context transitive English) To conjoin; to put together in distribution; to class. 5 (context intransitive English) To join or associate with others, especially with others of the same kind or species; to agree. 6 (context intransitive English) To suit; to fit; to be in accord; to harmonize. 7 (context transitive obsolete English) To conform; to adapt; to accommodate. 8 (context transitive obsolete English) To choose from a number; to select; to cull.

  1. n. a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality; "sculpture is a form of art"; "what kinds of desserts are there?" [syn: kind, form, variety]

  2. an approximate definition or example; "she wore a sort of magenta dress"; "she served a creamy sort of dessert thing"

  3. a person of a particular character or nature; "what sort of person is he?"; "he's a good sort"

  4. an operation that segregates items into groups according to a specified criterion; "the bottleneck in mail delivery it the process of sorting" [syn: sorting]

  1. v. examine in order to test suitability; "screen these samples"; "screen the job applicants" [syn: screen, screen out, sieve]

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


Sort may refer to:

  • Sorting, any process of arranging items in sequence or in sets
    • Sorting algorithm, any algorithm for arranging elements in lists
    • Sort (Unix), a Unix utility which sorts the lines of a file
    • Sort (C++), a function in the C++ Standard Template Library
  • SORT (journal), peer-reviewed open access scientific journal
  • Sort (mathematical logic), a domain in a many-sorted structure
  • Sort (typesetting), a piece of metal type
  • Sort, Lleida, a town in Catalonia
  • Special Operations Response Team, a group trained to respond to disturbances at a correctional facility
  • Strategic Offensive Reductions Treaty, a treaty between the United States and the Russian Federation
  • Symantec Operations Readiness Tools, a web-based suite of services from Symantec Corporation
Sort (C++)

sort is a generic function in the C++ Standard Library for doing comparison sorting. The function originated in the Standard Template Library (STL).

The specific sorting algorithm is not mandated by the language standard and may vary across implementations, but the worst-case asymptotic complexity of the function is specified: a call to must perform comparisons when applied to a range of elements.

Sort (Unix)

In Unix-like operating systems, sort is a standard command line program that prints the lines of its input or concatenation of all files listed in its argument list in sorted order. Sorting is done based on one or more sort keys extracted from each line of input. By default, the entire input is taken as sort key. Blank space is the default field separator.

The "-r" flag will reverse the sort order.

Sort (typesetting)

In typesetting by hand compositing, a sort or type is a piece of type representing a particular letter or symbol, cast from a matrix mould and assembled with other sorts bearing additional letters into lines of type to make up a form from which a page is printed.

From the invention of movable type up to the invention of hot metal typesetting essentially all printed text was created by selecting sorts from a type case and assembling them line by line into a form used to print a page. When the form was no longer needed all of the type had to be sorted back into the correct slots in the type case in a very time-consuming process called "distributing". This sorting process led to the individual pieces being called sorts. It is often claimed to be the root of expressions such as "out of sorts" and "wrong sort", although this connection is disputed.

During the hot metal typesetting era, printing equipment used matrices to cast type as needed during the typesetting process. The popular Linotype cast entire lines of text at once rather than individual sorts, while the less popular competitor Monotype still cast the sorts individually. Later, when phototypesetting replaced hot metal typesetting, sorts disappeared entirely from the mainstream printing process.

SORT (journal)

SORT or Statistics and Operations Research Transactions is a peer-reviewed open access scientific journal that publishes papers related to statistics. It is published by the Institut d'Estadística de Catalunya, the statistical office of Catalonia, in English with a brief summary in Catalan.

The journal was established in 2003, when it replaced the journal Qüestiió (Quaderns d'Estadística i Investigació Operativa, 1977-2002). It publishes two issues each year, and is available online as open access.

Usage examples of "sort".

On my return home, it occurred to me, in 1837, that something might perhaps be made out on this question by patiently accumulating and reflecting on all sorts of facts which could possibly have any bearing on it.

In addition I wanted to canvass his views on what sort of human society, if any, could have had the technological know-how, such a very long while ago, to measure accurately the altitudes of the stars and to devise a plan as mathematical and ambitious as that of the Giza necropolis.

Tens of millions found themselves longing for material affluence of the sort their American overlords so conspicuously enjoyed.

These were the sections which more closely mirrored conditions on the sort of mainly methane-atmosphered planets and moons the Affront preferred, and it was in these the Affront indulged their greatest passion, by going hunting.

Excession, the Affront are just the sort of species - and at precisely the most likely stage in their development - to attempt some sort of mad undertaking which, however likely to fail, if it did succeed might offer rewards justifying the risk.

It was the sort of title which the Culture found depressingly common amongst Affronter diplomats.

The searchlights and the giant swastika flags threw Hitler into a sort of central focus and Allegro was on his feet, gesturing lightly but convulsively with his hands.

It was, of course, the existence of the haploid Flenni generation, which made the diploid Esthaans so healthy-each time the pairs of Esthaan chromosome broke apart to form a Flenn individual, every sort of recessive defect emerged without an allele to temper it.

Winthrop was only beginning to understand, picked up the emotional sequence as a sort of Empathy track surrounding the product and when the tape was played through the telethesia projector, the result was analogous to a posthypnotic suggestion to purchase the product.

There is a modest contingent of ethnologists and anthropologists, doing nothing very much, as near as I can gather, except annoying people by asking peculiar questions about all sorts of things that are none of their business.

Our assumptions had been based principally on how the anthrax bacterium acted in settings that were almost preindustrial--before most buildings were air conditioned, before technology allowed us to sort mail with the force of air, and before we had advanced medical technologies to help us stabilize patients and make more definitive diagnoses.

Shortly we will have the information we need to produce some sort of serum, or antitoxin, for your protection, and this will be distributed freely to every human being in the United States.

He said tse makh yerape could figure out how cancer cells were able to prevent apoptosis, a sort of natural suicide of cells, which prevented the cancer cells from dieing like they should.

She wore a sort of arty get-up of multi-coloured shirt, skirt with fringed hem and pocket, low-heeled shoes, and wooden beads.

Nor was he the sort to risk the failure of a mission by assigning anyone to command it but the person he thought best qualified to carry it out.