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English verb: sort out

1. sort out (cognition) arrange or order by classes or categories


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


Synonymsassort, class, classify, separate, sort


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


Entailcompare

2. sort out (cognition) make free from confusion or ambiguity; make clear


SamplesCould you clarify these remarks?.
Clear up the question of who is at fault.


Synonymsclear, clear up, crystalise, crystalize, crystallise, crystallize, elucidate, enlighten, illuminate, shed light on, straighten out


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)clarify, clear up, elucidate

3. sort out (social) punish in order to gain control or enforce obedience


SamplesThe teacher disciplined the pupils rather frequently.


Synonymscorrect, discipline


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)penalise, penalize, punish









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