sort out

verb
1. arrange or order by classes or categories (Freq. 3)
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How would you classify these pottery shards—are they prehistoric?

Syn: ↑classify, ↑class, ↑sort, ↑assort, ↑separate
Derivationally related forms:
assortment (for: ↑assort), ↑sort (for: ↑sort), ↑sorter (for: ↑sort), ↑sorting (for: ↑sort), ↑class (for: ↑class), ↑classificatory (for: ↑classify), ↑class (for: ↑classify), ↑classification (for: ↑classify), ↑classifier (for: ↑classify)
Hypernyms: ↑categorize, ↑categorise
Hyponyms:
unitize, ↑unitise, ↑catalogue, ↑catalog, ↑isolate, ↑refer, ↑reclassify, ↑size, ↑dichotomize, ↑dichotomise, ↑pigeonhole, ↑stereotype, ↑stamp, ↑group, ↑grade, ↑count, ↑number
Entailment: ↑compare
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Somebody ——s somebody

2. make free from confusion or ambiguity; make clear (Freq. 2)
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Could you clarify these remarks?

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Clear up the question of who is at fault

Syn:
Derivationally related forms: ↑elucidative (for: ↑elucidate), ↑lucidity (for: ↑elucidate), ↑elucidation (for: ↑elucidate), ↑illumination (for: ↑illuminate)
Hypernyms: ↑clarify, ↑clear up, ↑elucidate
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

3. punish in order to gain control or enforce obedience
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The teacher disciplined the pupils rather frequently

Syn: ↑discipline, ↑correct
Derivationally related forms: ↑corrigible (for: ↑correct), ↑corrective (for: ↑correct), ↑correction (for: ↑correct), ↑discipline (for: ↑discipline)
Hypernyms: ↑punish, ↑penalize, ↑penalise
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s somebody

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sort out [phrasal verb]
1 sort (something) out or sort out (something)
1 a : to understand or find (something, such as a reason or a solution) by thinking

I'm trying to sort out [=find out, figure out] a way to do it.

1 b : to find an answer or solution for (something)

He's still trying to sort out his problems.

We need to get these problems sorted out as soon as possible.

1 c
◇ If something sorts itself out, it stops being a problem without anyone having to do anything.

They decided to wait until things sorted themselves out.

2 sort (someone) out or sort out (someone)
2 a : to solve the problems of (someone)

They're still trying to sort their son out. [=trying to sort out their son's problems]

I just need a little more time to sort myself out.

2 b Brit, informal : to deal with (someone who is causing problems) in a forceful way

I told my brother they were bullying me, and he promised to sort them out (for me).

— see also sort 1 (above), 2
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Main Entry:sort

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • sort-out — noun singular BRITISH INFORMAL the process of getting rid of things you do not need and arranging things that you do need neatly …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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  • sort out — {v. phr.} 1. To alphabetize; arrange in numerical order. * /The secretary helped Professor Brown sort out his numerous index cards./ 2. To clarify. * / Help me sort out these bills, she begged her husband./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

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