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Sort out   /sɔrt aʊt/   Listen
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Arrange or order by classes or categories.  Synonyms: assort, class, classify, separate, sort.
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"
Punish in order to gain control or enforce obedience.  Synonyms: correct, discipline.

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"Sort out" Quotes from Famous Books

... traditional and the ideal are as inextricably mixed in this charming story of "Lorna Doone" as the thousand varieties of seeds in the fairy tale which the princess was expected to sort out, and it would be almost as difficult to separate them. Perhaps the best way, after all, ...
— Lorna Doone - A Romance of Exmoor • R. D. Blackmore

... of April that I had been given these papers to sort out by Dr. Robertson: and it came suddenly back upon my mind that they were thus prepared for a Spanish historian, or a man calling himself such, who had come with high recommendations to the Principal, on a mission of inquiry as to the dispersion of the great Armada. Putting one thing ...
— The Merry Men - and Other Tales and Fables • Robert Louis Stevenson

... bare-legged, brown rowers, buffeting their way between the scattered rocks, leaping high on the crested waves. The chiefs of the crews scramble on board the steamer, identify the passengers consigned to the different tourist-agencies, sort out the baggage and ...
— Out-of-Doors in the Holy Land - Impressions of Travel in Body and Spirit • Henry Van Dyke

... the end of the hall gave upon a linen closet. And Ricky, throwing her short white jacket and hat upon the chair in her room, set about making beds, having given Val strict orders to return to the lower hall and sort out the luggage before ...
— Ralestone Luck • Andre Norton

... might, if he so chose, transfer part of his credit to a woman favorite, which then remained hers for life or until she used it up, and of course, the prime object of most women, whether as wives, or favorites, was to beguile a settlement of this sort out of ...
— The Airlords of Han • Philip Francis Nowlan

... it my duty, every fall, to go from house to house to gather clothes for the poor families, wash women and others who had not time to sew for their children. I never allowed a child to stay out of day or Sunday school, for want of clothes. I would sort out these clothes and distribute as needed. Persons would say, "I would be afraid I would make people angry." I said if every one feels that way I will say: "You are not the one I am sent to." I never hurt any ones feelings ...
— The Use and Need of the Life of Carry A. Nation • Carry A. Nation

... the author's books, more than a girl would, because it would give him an insight into the girlish mind which he could not so easily otherwise obtain. And as the young ladies of this book are trying to sort out whom they should marry, matters do get ...
— More About Peggy • Mrs G. de Horne Vaizey

... 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, ...
— The Green Mouse • Robert W. Chambers

... Lieutenant Carmath. Stick around; I'm sending down a tech-intelligence crew to look at what's left of the place. While you're waiting, you might sort out whoever seems to be in charge and find out just what in Nifflheim he thinks that ...
— A Slave is a Slave • Henry Beam Piper

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

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