American English

Definition of sort verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they sort
he / she / it sorts
past simple sorted
-ing form sorting
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  • to arrange things in groups or in a particular order according to their type, etc.; to separate things of one type from others sort something sorting the mail sort something into something The computer sorts the words into alphabetical order. Trash can easily be separated and sorted into plastics, glass and paper. sort something from something Women and children sorted the ore from the rock.
  • Idioms
    sort out/separate the wheat from the chaff
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    to distinguish useful or valuable people or things from ones that are not useful or have no value We sifted through the application forms to separate the wheat from the chaff.
    Phrasal Verbssort itself outsort somethingoutsort somethingout (from something)sort through something (for something)
    See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: sort