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assorted

[uh-sawr-tid] /əˈsɔr tɪd/
adjective
1.
consisting of different or various kinds; miscellaneous:
assorted flavors; assorted sizes.
2.
consisting of selected kinds; arranged in sorts or varieties:
rows of assorted vegetables.
3.
matched; suited.
Origin
1790-1800
1790-1800; assort + -ed2
Related forms
unassorted, adjective
well-assorted, adjective

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
1480-90; < Middle French assorter. See as-, sort
Related forms
assortative, assortive, adjective
assortatively, adverb
assorter, noun
reassort, verb
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British Dictionary definitions for assorted

assorted

/əˈsɔːtɪd/
adjective
1.
consisting of various kinds mixed together; miscellaneous: assorted sweets
2.
arranged in sorts; classified: assorted categories
3.
matched; suited (esp in the combinations well-assorted, ill-assorted)

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 assorted
adj.

"arranged in sorts," 1797, past participle adjective from assort (v.).

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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