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Definition 1: arrange or order by classes or categories - [verb of cognition]

Samples where sort out or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • How would you classify these pottery shards--are they prehistoric?

Synonyms for sort out in the sense of this definition

(sort out is a kind of ...) place into or assign to a category

"Children learn early on to categorize"

(... is a kind of sort out ) separate or classify into units

"The hospital was unitized for efficiency"

(... is a kind of sort out ) determine the grade of or assign a grade to

(... is a kind of sort out ) arrange into a group or groups

"Can you group these shapes together?"

(... is a kind of sort out ) treat or classify according to a mental stereotype

"I was stereotyped as a lazy Southern European"

(... is a kind of sort out ) divide into two opposing groups or kinds

(... is a kind of sort out ) sort according to size

(... is a kind of sort out ) classify anew, change the previous classification

"The zoologists had to reclassify the mollusks after they found new species"

(... is a kind of sort out ) think of, regard, or classify under a subsuming principle or with a general group or in relation to another

"This plant can be referred to a known species"

(... is a kind of sort out ) separate (experiences) from the emotions relating to them

(... is a kind of sort out ) make an itemized list or catalog of; classify

"He is cataloguing his photographic negatives"

(... is a kind of sort out ) put into a group

"The academy counts several Nobel Prize winners among its members"

(sort out implies ...) examine and note the similarities or differences of

"John compared his haircut to his friend's" "We compared notes after we had both seen the movie"

Definition 2: make free from confusion or ambiguity; make clear - [verb of cognition]

Samples where sort out or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Could you clarify these remarks?
  • Clear up the question of who is at fault

Synonyms for sort out in the sense of this definition

(sort out is a kind of ...) make clear and (more) comprehensible

"clarify the mystery surrounding her death"

Samples where sort out or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The teacher disciplined the pupils rather frequently

Synonyms for sort out in the sense of this definition

(sort out is a kind of ...) impose a penalty on; inflict punishment on

"The students were penalized for showing up late for class" "we had to punish the dog for soiling the floor again"

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