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assort

[uh-sawrt] /əˈsɔrt/
verb (used with object)
1.
to distribute, place, or arrange according to kind or class; classify; sort.
2.
to furnish with a suitable assortment or variety of goods; make up of articles likely to suit a demand.
3.
Archaic. to group with others of the same or similar kind; connect or identify as of a similar class; associate (usually followed by with).
verb (used without object)
4.
to agree in sort or kind; be matched or suited.
5.
to associate; consort.
Origin of assort
1480-1490
1480-90; < Middle French assorter. See as-, sort
Related forms
assortative, assortive, adjective
assortatively, adverb
assorter, noun
reassort, verb
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  • No more need of our daily Committee and their pleasant aids, to unpack and assort supplies for our sick and wounded.

    Woman's Work in the Civil War Linus Pierpont Brockett
  • After council I went to work to assort the articles to be sold, etc.

    William Clayton's Journal William Clayton
  • Her swiftly flying memory seemed to assort a vast mine of treasures of the past.

  • "Coming," said Phyllis simply; and went in to assort her babies.

    The Wishing-Ring Man Margaret Widdemer
  • If you are kind enough to assort the books we put up yesterday, oblige me by going through the armoury.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • Obviously the artist may assort any two or more of these varieties in the same picture.

    Art Principles Ernest Govett
  • It is customary to assort the currency of from one to four groups by banks each day.

  • It is better to have each card different, and to assort the flags, so that every card may contain some not very generally known.

    Bright Ideas for Entertaining Mrs. Herbert B. Linscott
  • The colours for the conical stripes may be any two or four colours, which assort well together; or each may be different.

    My Knitting Book Miss Lambert
  • assort′edness; assort′ment, act of assorting: a quantity or number of things assorted: variety.

British Dictionary definitions for assort

assort

/əˈsɔːt/
verb
1.
(transitive) to arrange or distribute into groups of the same type; classify
2.
(intransitive) usually foll by with. to fit or fall into a class or group; match
3.
(transitive) to supply with an assortment of merchandise
4.
(transitive) to put in the same category as others; group
5.
(rare) (intransitive) usually foll by with. to keep company; consort
Derived Forms
assortative, assortive, adjective
assortatively, adverb
assorter, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Old French assorter, from sortesort
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Word Origin and History for assort
v.

late 15c., "to distribute into groups," from Middle French assortir (15c.), from Old French assorter "to assort, match," from a- "to" (see ad-) + sorte "kind" (see sort). Related: Assorted; assorting.

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