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Definition 1: an approximate definition or example - [noun denoting attribute]

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

  • she wore a sort of magenta dress
  • she served a creamy sort of dessert thing

(sort is a kind of ...) the quality of being similar

Definition 2: a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality - [noun denoting cognition]

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

  • sculpture is a form of art
  • what kinds of desserts are there?

Synonyms for sort in the sense of this definition

(sort is a kind of ...) a general concept that marks divisions or coordinations in a conceptual scheme

(... is a kind of sort ) a kind or category

"businessmen of every stripe joined in opposition to the proposal"

(... is a kind of sort ) a type of product

"his car was an old model"

(... is a kind of sort ) a kind

"what manner of man are you?"

(... is a kind of sort ) a kind of person

"We'll not see his like again" "I can't tolerate people of his ilk"

(... is a kind of sort ) a kind of literary or artistic work

(... is a kind of sort ) a recognizable kind

"there's a new brand of hero in the movies now" "what make of car is that?"

(... is a kind of sort ) a general kind of something

"ignore the genus communism"

(... is a kind of sort ) a specific kind of something

"a species of molecule" "a species of villainy"

(... is a kind of sort ) (physics) the characteristic of quarks that determines their role in the strong interaction

"each flavor of quarks comes in three colors"

(... is a kind of sort ) (physics) the six kinds of quarks

(... is a kind of sort ) a particular kind (as to appearance)

"this style of shoe is in demand"

(... is a kind of sort ) (architecture) a form of artistic expression (such as writing or painting or architecture)

(... is a kind of sort ) an opposite or contrasting type

(... is a kind of sort ) a subdivision of a particular kind of thing

"what type of sculpture do you prefer?"

(... is a kind of sort ) sort or variety

"every description of book was there"

(... is a kind of sort ) a similar kind

"dogs, foxes, and the like" "we don't want the likes of you around here"

Definition 3: a person of a particular character or nature - [noun denoting person]

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

  • what sort of person is he?
  • he's a good sort

(sort is a kind of ...) a human being

"there was too much for one person to do"

Definition 4: an operation that segregates items into groups according to a specified criterion - [noun denoting process]

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

  • the bottleneck in mail delivery is the process of sorting

Synonyms for sort in the sense of this definition

(sort is a kind of ...) (computer science) data processing in which the result is completely specified by a rule (especially the processing that results from a single instruction)

"it can perform millions of operations per second"

Definition 5: arrange or order by classes or categories - [verb of cognition]

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

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

Synonyms for sort in the sense of this definition

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

"Children learn early on to categorize"

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

"The hospital was unitized for efficiency"

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

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

"Can you group these shapes together?"

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

"I was stereotyped as a lazy Southern European"

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

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

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

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

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

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

"He is cataloguing his photographic negatives"

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

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

(sort 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"

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

  • screen these samples
  • screen the job applicants

Synonyms for sort in the sense of this definition

(sort is a kind of ...) pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives

"Take any one of these cards" "Choose a good husband for your daughter" "She selected a pair of shoes from among the dozen the salesgirl had shown her"

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