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Dictionary definition for: Sort

1. (n) a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality; "sculpture is a form of art" "what kinds of desserts are there?"

2. (v) examine in order to test suitability; "screen these samples" "screen the job applicants"

3. (n) an approximate definition or example; "she wore a sort of magenta dress" "she served a creamy sort of dessert thing"

4. (v) arrange or order by classes or categories; "How would you classify these pottery shards--are they prehistoric?"

5. (n) a person of a particular character or nature; "what sort of person is he?" "he''s a good sort"

6. (n) an operation that segregates items into groups according to a specified criterion; "the bottleneck in mail delivery it the process of sorting"

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