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Sort out   /sɔrt aʊt/   Listen
Sort out

verb
1.
Arrange or order by classes or categories.  Synonyms: assort, class, classify, separate, sort.
2.
Make free from confusion or ambiguity; make clear.  Synonyms: clear, clear up, crystalise, crystalize, crystallise, crystallize, elucidate, enlighten, illuminate, shed light on, straighten out.  "Clear up the question of who is at fault"
3.
Punish in order to gain control or enforce obedience.  Synonyms: correct, discipline.






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... Secretaire retorninge the aunswere of the Countesse, the king rapte with an impacient and extreme choler, desired eftsones to giue another attempt: and consuming by litle and litle in this amorous fier, began to sort out of the limits of reason. And almoste out of his wittes, demaunded of his Secretarie: "Do you thinke it expedient that I make request to her father, whose counsell I want in other thinges?" To whome the Secretarie boldly aunswered, that he thought it vnreasonable ...
— The Palace of Pleasure, Volume 1 • William Painter

... I was half afraid the 'eerie' feeling might go off before we had finished the garden, and in that case I should see no more of him or Sylvie. "I think the best way will be for you to weed the beds, while I sort out these pebbles, ready to mark the ...
— Sylvie and Bruno • Lewis Carroll

... in its prime differs altogether in character from that of every other part of Italy. The Venetian is the most marked and recognisable of all the schools; its singularity is such that a novice in art can easily, in a miscellaneous collection, sort out the works belonging to it, and added to this unique character is the position it occupies in the domain of art. Venice alone of Italian States can boast an epoch of art comparable in originality and splendour ...
— The Venetian School of Painting • Evelyn March Phillipps

... that Doc Peets and Boggs waits on Missis Rucker at the O. K. restauraw an' learns what for a banquet she can rustle an' go the limit. Pendin' the return of Peets an' Boggs I allows the balance of this devoted band better imbibe some. Barkeep, sort out some bottles.' ...
— Wolfville • Alfred Henry Lewis

... souls beyond the pale of these clubs were out of the caste. We knew that certain persons whose names were always handed in on the lists of guests at parties were what we called "howling swells." But it remained for Miss Larrabee to sort out ten or a dozen of these "howling swells" who belonged to the strictest social caste in town, and call them "howling dervishes." Incidentally it may be said that both Miss Larrabee and her mother were dervishes, ...
— In Our Town • William Allen White

... they see something. Down go their long hooks through the water. A moment afterward, they begin to tow a tangle of stones and seaweed to the shore. As soon as they land, they begin to sort out the great mass. Perhaps they will rejoice in finding large pieces of amber ...
— Bertha • Mary Hazelton Wade

... hearth. It was zero without and within. Our family of teachers had made up a sum sufficient for the present needs, however, and the family were soon made comfortable. At our last visit that day the room was warm, the baby was up, and evidently had changed his mind. As we were endeavoring to sort out and fit some garments, the mite (ten years of age, but apparently about eight) came to me, and, looking up with great solemnity, said, "If you want any work done, I'll do it for you for nothin'." So you see there will be a man ...
— The American Missionary - Volume 49, No. 5, May 1895 • Various

... any history of him in order: nobody can now: and, indeed, I am not trying to. These are the traditions, which I sort out, as I believe them, from the myths which have been told about this man for forty years. The lies that have been told about him are legion. The fellows used to say he was the "Iron Mask"; and poor George Pons went to ...
— The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 12, No. 74, December, 1863 • Various

... the great hall where I had helped to sort out packages was a hospital ward where doctors and nurses worked very quietly and from which there came faint groans of anguish, horrible in their significance. Already it was filled with that stench of blood ...
— The Soul of the War • Philip Gibbs

... she helped sort out the clean clothes, "these six little Bunkers are getting to be great travelers. First they go to Grandma Bell's, then to Aunt Jo's and then to Cousin Tom's, and now to Grandpa Ford's. I wonder ...
— Six Little Bunkers at Grandpa Ford's • Laura Lee Hope

... shelves and we used drawn-work paper napkins. As I said, we borrowed dishes, or, that is, every woman who called herself our neighbor brought whatever she thought we would need. So after every one had eaten I suggested that they sort out their dishes and wash them, and in that way I was saved all that work. We had everything done and were off to the dance by five o'clock. We went in sleds and sleighs, the snow was so deep, but it was all so jolly. Zebbie, Mr. Stewart, Jerrine, and I went in the bobsled. ...
— Letters of a Woman Homesteader • Elinore Pruitt Stewart

... would last so long only. If they were taken on board the still obedient ships overhead, Darians would unquestionably be mixed with them. There was no way to take off the parties now aground without exposing them to contact with Darians, on the ground or in the ships. There was no way to sort out the Darians. ...
— Pariah Planet • Murray Leinster

... It takes too much time to sort out things. Your bureau drawers would give me a fit." Phebe rolled up her ...
— Phebe, Her Profession - A Sequel to Teddy: Her Book • Anna Chapin Ray

... don't make the second one—keeping it to yourself. Own up. The time to sort out rotten eggs is at the nest. The deeper you hide them in the case the longer they stay in circulation, and the worse impression they make when they finally come to the breakfast-table. A mistake sprouts a lie when you cover it up. And one lie breeds enough distrust to choke out the prettiest ...
— Letters from a Self-Made Merchant to His Son • George Horace Lorimer

... back to consciousness slowly. For a second he thought he was blind. Then he began to sort out one shade of grayish light from another. Finally, Ross became aware that he no longer rested on his back, but was slumped in a seat. The world about him was wrung with a vibration that beat in ...
— The Time Traders • Andre Norton

... will step over those dead bodies without turning a hair—especially as you are not to blame for them; not in the least, are you? She will only keep them in reserve to use them against you when you've been married two or three years. Every woman saves up something of the sort out of her husband's past when she gets married, but by that time... what may not happen ...
— The Possessed - or, The Devils • Fyodor Dostoyevsky

... me to write to you while you were away, and tell you the news, and what I thought about things. But I'm thinking so much and so fast that I can't sort out my thoughts. I suppose it must be so with every one who comes to Egypt for the first time. Everything fascinates and absorbs me, even more than I had hoped it would—almost too much, I feel sometimes. Your Antoun Effendi is a ...
— It Happened in Egypt • C. N. Williamson & A. M. Williamson

... respective handicaps, there is often considerable difficulty in arranging the best partnerships. It is good to be guided by mutual preferences, for preference means confidence, and that is everything in foursome play. But at the same time it is always advisable to sort out the players in such a manner that there is as little as possible of giving and receiving strokes. For example, where there is a scratch man, two 9's (or a 6 and a 10), and an 18, the best and most enjoyable match is always likely to result from ...
— The Complete Golfer [1905] • Harry Vardon

... Brown, "a perfectly normal, unimaginative business man who would volunteer to permit The Green Mouse Society to sort out his psychic current, attach him to it, and see ...
— The Green Mouse • Robert W. Chambers

... want to sort out a few things. By the way, your uncle had a letter from a friend ...
— The Man Who Knew • Edgar Wallace

... to be understood by any scholar. Most grammarians have seen the fallacy of attempting to give the meaning of this verb. They can show its form, but are frequently compelled, as in the cases above, to sort out the "passed participles" from a host of adjectives, and it will be found exceeding troublesome to make scholars perceive any difference in the use of the words, or in the construction of a sentence. But it may ...
— Lectures on Language - As Particularly Connected with English Grammar. • William S. Balch

... out the flakes that are good for knives. Put handles on them. Sort out the flakes that are good for making into spearheads. See if you can strike off tiny flakes until the large ...
— The Later Cave-Men • Katharine Elizabeth Dopp

... a collection of bits of color of every shade and tint, in order to see what we could discover about visual sensations. Leaving aside the question of elements for the moment, we might first try to classify the bits of color. We could sort out a pile of reds, a pile of blues, a pile of browns, a pile of grays, etc., but the piles would shade off one into another. The salient fact about colors is the gradual transition from one to another. We can arrange them in series better than we can classify them. They can be serially ...
— Psychology - A Study Of Mental Life • Robert S. Woodworth

... little drawing-room was already in half darkness. Travers went to the window and, leaning his shoulder lazily against the casement, began to sort out and open the letters that had been lying on the tea-table waiting ...
— The Native Born - or, The Rajah's People • I. A. R. Wylie

... Mr. Adams. "That's first. There's the axe." And he proceeded to sort out the food, while Mr. Grigsby busied ...
— Gold Seekers of '49 • Edwin L. Sabin



Words linked to "Sort out" :   crystallize, grade, clarify, compare, stamp, dichotomize, size, categorise, reclassify, dichotomise, stereotype, unitize, group, straighten out, refer, classify, isolate, number, penalize, count, unitise, catalog, penalise, pigeonhole, categorize, punish, catalogue



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