Definition of sort noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    sort

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    BrE BrE//sɔːt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//sɔːrt//
     
     
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  1. 1  [countable] a group or type of people or things that are similar in a particular way synonym kind What sort of music do you like?’ ‘Oh, all sorts.’ This sort of problem is quite common./These sorts of problems are quite common. He's the sort of person who only cares about money. For dessert there's a fruit pie of some sort (= you are not sure what kind). Most people went on training courses of one sort or another (= of various types) last year. (informal) There were snacks—peanuts, olives, that sort of thing. (informal) There are all sorts of activities (= many different ones) for kids at the campsite. (informal) What sort of price did you want to pay? (= approximately how much) (informal) What sort of time do you call this? (= I'm very angry that you have come so late.) Grammar Pointkind / sort Use the singular (kind/​sort) or plural (kinds/​sorts) depending on the word you use before them:each/​one/​every kind of animal all/​many/​other sorts of animals. Kind/​sort of is followed by a singular or uncountable noun:This kind of question often appears in the exam. That sort of behaviour is not acceptable. Kinds/​sorts of is followed by a plural or uncountable noun:These kinds of questions often appear in the exam. These sorts of behaviour are not acceptable. Other variations are possible but less common:These kinds of question often appear in the exam. These sort of things don’t happen in real life. (This example is very informal and is considered incorrect by some people.) Note also that these examples are possible, especially in spoken English:The shelf was full of the sort of books I like to read. He faced the same kind of problems as his predecessor. There are many different sorts of animal on the island. What kind of camera is this? What kind/​kinds of cameras do you sell? There were three kinds of cakes/​cake on the plate.
  2. 2[countable, usually singular] (informal, especially British English) a particular type of person My brother would never cheat on his wife; he's not that sort.
  3. 3(computing) [singular] the process of putting data in a particular order to do a sort
  4. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French sorte, from an alteration of Latin sors, sort- ‘lot, condition’.Extra examples The shop sells all sorts of books. We sell all sorts of books. ‘What sort of music do you like?’ ‘Oh, all sorts.’ For dessert I’ll make pie of some sort. He’s the sort of person who only cares about money. It takes all sorts (to make a world). Most people went on training courses of one sort or another. There are all sorts of jobs you could do. This sort of problem is quite common. What sort of price are you willing to pay? What sort of time do you call this?Idioms
    it takes all sorts (to make a world)
     
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    (saying) used to say that you think somebody’s behaviour is very strange or unusual but that everyone is different and likes different things ‘They spent their honeymoon mountain climbing.’ ‘Oh well, it takes all sorts!’
    nothing of the kind/sort
     
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    used to emphasize that the situation is very different from what has been said ‘I was terrible!’ ‘You were nothing of the kind.’
    (informal) used when you are saying that something is not a good example of a particular type of thing He offered us an apology of sorts. (especially British English) ill/sick or upset She was tired and out of sorts by the time she arrived home. Are you feeling all right? You look a bit out of sorts.
    sort of(also sorta)(informal)
     
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     to some extent but in a way that you cannot easily describe She sort of pretends that she doesn't really care. ‘Do you understand?’ ‘Sort of.’
     (informal) used for describing something in a not very exact way I had a sort of feeling that he wouldn't come. They're a sort of greenish-blue colour.
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