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English noun: sort

1. sort (cognition) a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality

SamplesSculpture is a form of art.
What kinds of desserts are there?.

Synonymsform, kind, variety

Broader (hypernym)category

Narrower (hyponym)antitype, art form, brand, color, colour, description, flavor, flavour, genre, genus, ilk, like, like, make, manner, model, species, stripe, style, the like, the likes of, type

2. sort (attribute) an approximate definition or example

SamplesShe wore a sort of magenta dress.
She served a creamy sort of dessert thing.

Broader (hypernym)similarity

3. sort (person) a person of a particular character or nature

SamplesWhat sort of person is he?.
He's a good sort.

Broader (hypernym)individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul

4. sort (process) an operation that segregates items into groups according to a specified criterion

SamplesThe bottleneck in mail delivery is the process of sorting.


Broader (hypernym)operation

English verb: sort

1. sort (social) examine in order to test suitability

SamplesScreen these samples.
Screen the job applicants.

Synonymsscreen, screen out, sieve

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)choose, pick out, select, take

2. sort (cognition) arrange or order by classes or categories

SamplesHow would you classify these pottery shards--are they prehistoric?.

Synonymsassort, class, classify, separate, sort out

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)categorise, categorize

Narrower (hyponym)catalog, catalogue, count, dichotomise, dichotomize, grade, group, isolate, number, pigeonhole, reclassify, refer, size, stamp, stereotype, unitise, unitize


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