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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

... following record of methods and cost of constructing a concrete block residence is furnished by Mr. Noyes F. Palmer: A mixture of sand and pebbles was had on the site; screening was necessary merely to sort out the odd size stones. A mixture of 1 cement and 5 sand was really a 1-2-3 mixture, the 2 being the finest grades of sand and the 3 being various gravel sizes—none too large, none too small—so that the proportion was 2/5 ...
— Concrete Construction - Methods and Costs • Halbert P. Gillette

... you had a missionaryish look about you. That's why I asked. I've been trying all the afternoon to sort out the gang—" ...
— Heart of Gold • Ruth Alberta Brown

... from pure to applied science came about through a Viennese chemist, Dr. Carl Auer, later and in consequence known as Baron Auer von Welsbach. He was trying to sort out the rare earths by means of the spectroscopic method, which consists ordinarily in dipping a platinum wire into a solution of the unknown substance and holding it in a colorless gas flame. As it burns off, each element gives a characteristic ...
— Creative Chemistry - Descriptive of Recent Achievements in the Chemical Industries • Edwin E. Slosson

... mysterious white race living not too far away, and they decide to investigate. These turn out to be one of the lost tribes of Israel. They are eventually accepted there as friends, after initially being taken prisoners. Here again they are able to sort out various problems. Grosvenor marries the Queen, and Dick, who in the course of these travels has managed to find some very valuable jewels, eventually returns home with them. He converts them to cash, and is able to provide ...
— The Adventures of Dick Maitland - A Tale of Unknown Africa • Harry Collingwood

... 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

... bitterness and many threats. But Joan remained steadfast, and the questionings had to shift to other matters. Half an hour was spent over Joan's apparitions—their dress, hair, general appearance, and so on—in the hope of fishing something of a damaging sort out of the replies; but ...
— Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc Volume 2 • Mark Twain

... must tell the news of his prospective voyage to his chums. Leaving his mother to sort out his clothes, he went out in the street. It was Saturday and there was no school. In fact, the term would close in another week, so Bob would miss little instruction ...
— Bob the Castaway • Frank V. Webster

... have no way to aggressively breakdown rock particles or organic matter, nor to sort out one nutrient from another. They uptake everything that is in solution, no more, no less while replacing water evaporated from their leaves. However, soil fungi are able to aggressively attack organic matter and even mineral rock particles and extract the nutrition they ...
— Organic Gardener's Composting • Steve Solomon

... listening to you all for a month past. Fourier destroyed Saint-Simon, Proudhon and Comte demolished Fourier, each in turn piling up incoherences and contradictions, leaving mere chaos behind them, which nobody dares to sort out. And since then, Socialist sects have been swarming and multiplying, the more sensible of them leading simply to dictatorship, while the others indulge in most dangerous reveries. And after such a tempest of ideas there could ...
— The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete - Lourdes, Rome and Paris • Emile Zola

... times how wearisome to me these everlasting reveries in my one solitary companion. I longed for something enlivening; a burst of words; human vivacity of one kind or other. After in vain essaying to get something of this sort out of Jarl, I tried it all by myself; playing upon my body as upon an instrument; singing, halloing, and making empty gestures, till my Viking stared hard; and I myself paused to consider whether I had run crazy ...
— Mardi: and A Voyage Thither, Vol. I (of 2) • Herman Melville

... he, "I guess you better go upstairs an' sort out some o' the bed-linen an' coverlets. I understood they wa'n't quite ready, an' we shall get to 'em before long. If I come to anything down here I think you set by particularly an' that you can pack up as well as not, I'll ...
— Country Neighbors • Alice Brown

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

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