1a category of things or people with a common feature; a type:if only we knew the sort of people she was mixing with a radical change poses all sorts of questions [with adjective] informal a person of a specified nature:Frank was a genuinely friendly sort 2 [mass noun] Computing the arrangement of data in a prescribed sequence.
3 archaic a manner or way:in law also the Judge is in a sort superior to his King 1arrange systematically in groups; separate according to type:the mail was sorted she sorted out the clothes, some to be kept, some to be thrown away [no object]
) look at (a group of things) in succession in order to classify them or make a selection:she sat down and sorted through her mail
2resolve (a problem or difficulty):the teacher helps the children to sort out their problems resolve the problems or difficulties of:I need time to sort myself out
1separate something from a mixed group:she sorted out the lettuce from the spinach 2arrange or organize something:they are anxious to sort out travelling arrangements