Definition of sort in English:
- All sorts of different kinds of property are treated differently by the law, not just intellectual property.
- All sorts of implications go racing through your mind at this time and I wanted to share these with you.
- All sorts of cries started to ring out from the animals - starting first with the large black birds flying overhead.
- He sent me quite a handsome apology for his abuse of me so I think he is a pretty decent sort, basically.
- He's a champion little chap and his mother seems a decent sort as well.
- Brosnan tried to steer clear of James Bond questions while pumping up Evelyn; he actually seemed like a fairly decent sort.
- Both cache size and sort size affect memory usage, so you cannot maximize one without affecting the other.
- Another beneficial practice is to perform an exploratory card sort once the content for the website is determined.
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- The study sorted out the data according to the competitiveness of the race.
- The children sorted the materials and organized the area.
- Playing with different sizes of sticks or stones and making designs or sorting pieces of fabric represent pre-mathematics.
- The important thing is to get the music to them so they can sort through a selection and make their choices.
- Once a good number of pics has been received we will sort through them and select the top ten to vote for.
- The storm of comments has forced the provincial government to delay releasing the study's final guidelines while it sorts through and incorporates the comments into the document.
- However, some expect the group to emerge form bankruptcy sometime next year, once it has sorted its problems.
- But the bulk of the problem is that social work departments are not incentivised to sort this problem.
- Either way we need to sort out poverty and sustainability together or neither will be sorted.
- I told him I still loved him and I resolved to help him sort himself out when he felt he was up to it.
- We were in real trouble before he came to us and he sorted us out.
- Many attempts have been made to sort you out but your criminal behaviour in December last year and early this year indicates you still have problems.
sorcerer from (Late Middle English):
A sorcerer was originally a sorser. The word comes via Old French sorcier from Latin sors ‘lot, fortune’, the root of sort (Late Middle English). The Latin relates to the use of oracles and the casting of lots to foretell the future. A sorcerer's apprentice is a person who starts a process but is then unable to control it without help. This is the translation of the French L'apprenti sorcier, the title of an 1897 symphonic poem by Paul Dukas based on Der Zauberlehrling, a ballad written in 1797 by the German poet and dramatist Goethe. In this ballad the apprentice's use of magic spells when his master is absent sets in motion a series of events which he cannot control.
The construction these sort of, as in I don’t want to answer these sort of questions, is technically ungrammatical. This is because these is plural and needs to agree with a plural noun (in this case sorts rather than sort). The construction is undoubtedly common and has been used for hundreds of years, but is best avoided in formal writing. See also kind1 (usage).
after a sort
in some sort
it takes all sorts to make a world
- proverb People vary greatly in character, tastes, and abilities (often used as a comment on what the speaker feels to be strange behaviour): he was wearing make-up—well, it takes all sortsMore example sentences
- I read that Wittgenstein thought the old English expression ‘it takes all sorts to make a world’ a kind and goodly phrase - and so it is.
- They say it takes all sorts to make a world, and it seems to me that it takes all sorts to break it as well.
- To cut a long story short, it takes all sorts to make a world, and it takes all sorts to make a virtual world too.
nothing of the sort
- Used as an emphatic way of denying permission or refuting an earlier statement: ‘I’ll pay.’ ‘You’ll do nothing of the sort.’More example sentences
- Now Alexander said nothing of the sort, and, neither did Gilchrist get his permission.
- While he may continue to profess a desire for an ‘informed national debate’ it seems increasingly likely he wants nothing of the sort.
- As far as disrupting the drug trade, they did nothing of the sort, which is just fine, because no doubt few residents feel it's a good idea to disrupt it.
of a sort (or of sorts)
- informal Of a somewhat unusual or inferior kind: the training camp actually became a tourist attraction of sortsMore example sentences
- It would be reasonable to conclude Princess Diaries 2 offered a refuge of sorts.
- I'm going to have to come up with a game of sorts with rules and things.
- I was at a party of sorts at the weekend, although it was an older persons party.
out of sorts
- Slightly unwell: she’s been feeling nauseous and generally out of sortsMore example sentences
unwell, ill, poorly, bad, indisposed, not oneself, sick, queasy, nauseous, nauseated, peaky, liverish, green about the gills, run down, washed out;informal under the weather, below par, not up to par, not up to the mark, funny, peculiar, rough, lousy, rotten, awful, terrible, dreadful, crummyBritish informal grotty, ropyAustralian/New Zealand informal crookdated seedy
- With Tiger slightly out of sorts last year, the Americans had to hold off a stiff challenge from hosts Argentina, who were represented by Eduardo Romero and Angel Cabrera.
- Occasionally, as if by accident, Nora's daughter Beth would turn up, a bit weary from the sea and slightly out of sorts, and Nora would do her best to get her seaworthy again.
- With Harrington pulling his iron shots and looking slightly out of sorts, it was left to Montgomerie to steady the European ship.
- 6.1In low spirits; irritable: the trying events of the day had put him out of sortsMore example sentences
irritable, irascible, peevish, fractious, fretful, cross, crabbed, crabby, crotchety, cantankerous, curmudgeonly, disagreeable, petulant, pettish;on edge, edgy, impatient, complaining, querulous, peppery, bitter, moody, grumpy, huffy, scratchy, ill-tempered, bad-tempered, ill-natured, ill-humoured, sullen, surly, sulky, sour, churlish, touchy, testy, tetchy, snappish, waspish, crusty, bilious, liverish, dyspeptic, splenetic, cholericAustralian/New Zealand informal snakyinformal , dated miffyunhappy, dejected, sad, miserable, down, downhearted, downcast, depressed, blue, melancholy, morose, gloomy, glum, dispirited, discouraged, disheartened, despondent, disconsolate, with a long face, forlorn, crestfallen, woebegone, subdued, fed up, low, in low spirits, in the doldrums, heavy-heartedvulgar slang pissed off
- The boarding and takeoff found me only slightly out of sorts; an irritating whining noise near the gate was troubling me.
- Upon returning to the USA, Bret found himself sleeping poorly, becoming irritable and generally acting and feeling out of sorts.
- Are you feeling angry, impatient, or out of sorts every time you think of it?
- informal To some extent; in some way or other: ‘Do you see what I mean?’ ‘Sort of,’ answered Jean cautiouslyMore example sentences
- I'm going on my own with no clue about who is going to be there, which is sort of scary.
- You spray it in a big gap, and it sort of foams up dramatically in order to fill said aperture.
- I sort of assume you do so much writing that you don't need to do anything to keep sharp.
sort out the men from the boys
sort someone out
- informal Deal with a troublesome person, typically by reprimanding or punishing them: if he can’t pay you, I’ll sort him outMore example sentences
- Later, an improbable cop sorts Clem out: ‘You're what I call a sins-of-the-world type.’
- If you don't get (my son] sorted, I will come back and sort you out.
- I will be back with an army of men from Manchester to sort you out.
sort something out
- I am all for recycling and happily sorted my waste out for disposal in the separate skips.
- Trent quickly sorted the names out into two separate columns.
- The game involved them sorting the cards out into several shifting categories of species, weaknesses and grades.
- Example sentences
- People one knows are thus conveniently sortable into three categories, rather than just two.
- Queries for ‘digital cameras’ or ‘black socks’ return a list of products sortable by price or by merchant.
- The resources, interests and experiences of your volunteers should be documented on their volunteer sign-up form, and entered into a sortable database.
- Example sentences
- Everyone was great, most of the wool sorters were Bradfordians and I can't begin to say how good those days were.
- The owners were devastated to see the shed - which contained go-karts, a tractor, tomato sorters, a motorhome and several other items - melt to the ground on Monday morning.
- There used to be a big General Post Office round the corner, and its sandwich-nibbling sorters earned this place the unlikely nickname ‘Postman's Park’.
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