(noun, verb)


1. a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality

Similar word(s): form, kind, variety

Definition categories: thought, category

2. an approximate definition or example

- she wore a sort of magenta dress

- she served a creamy sort of dessert thing

Definition categories: attribute, similarity

3. a person of a particular character or nature

- what sort of person is he?

- he's a good sort

Definition categories: person, individual, mortal, somebody, someone, soul

4. an operation that segregates items into groups according to a specified criterion

- the bottleneck in mail delivery is the process of sorting

Similar word(s): sorting

Definition categories: process, operation

Sentences with sort as a noun:

- This guy's a decent sort.

- I had a sort of my cupboard.

- Popular sorts include quicksort and heapsort.


1. examine in order to test suitability

Similar word(s): screen, sieve

Definition categories: social, choose, select, take

2. arrange or order by classes or categories

Similar word(s): assort, class, classify, separate

Definition categories: cognition, categorise, categorize