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sort out


verb (transitive, adverb)

  1. to find a solution to (a problem, etc), esp to make clear or tidy   ⇒ it took a long time to sort out the mess
  2. to take or separate, as from a larger group   ⇒ he sorted out the most likely ones
  3. to organize into an orderly and disciplined group
  4. (informal) to beat or punish


  1. (informal) the process of separating things that are wanted from things that are not   ⇒ the kitchen needed a major sort-out,   ⇒ I've been having a sort-out today and I have filled a bag full of rubbish.

Translations for 'sort out'

  • British English: sort out If you sort out a group of things, you organize or tidy them.We try to sort out the truth from the lies.sɔːt aʊt VERB
  • Arabic: يُفَرِّزُ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: separar
  • Chinese: 理清
  • Croatian: odijeliti
  • Czech: vytřídit
  • Danish: ordne
  • Dutch: ontwarren
  • European Spanish: ordenarorganizar
  • Finnish: erotella
  • French: ranger
  • German: klären
  • Greek: διαχωρίζω
  • Italian: classificare
  • Japanese: 解決する
  • Korean: 해결하다
  • Norwegian: sortere
  • Polish: posortować sortować
  • Portuguese: separar
  • Romanian: a sorta
  • Russian: разбирать
  • Spanish: ordenarclasificar
  • Swedish: klara upp
  • Thai: จัดเรียง
  • Turkish: halletmek
  • Ukrainian: відбирати відібрати
  • Vietnamese: giải quyết

Example Sentences Including 'sort out'

He found the unfortunate Frampton in the lobby trying to sort out disputed items on his bill.
Forbes, Bryan A Song at Twilight
I've been asked a couple of times to sort out problems he's had.
Wood, Ted Snowjob
He could probably sort out most of the Lesser Dead with Charter Magic alone.


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