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[uh-sawrt-muh nt] /əˈsɔrt mənt/
the act of assorting; distribution; classification.
a collection of various kinds of things; a mixed collection.
Origin of assortment
1605-15; assort + -ment
Related forms
reassortment, noun Unabridged
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  • Especially if you pick up an assortment of expletives in the Sicilian vernacular.

    The Title Market Emily Post
  • We have a shop close by, where you will find an assortment of all the articles that are most in request.

  • Cutter began tumbling out upon the floor an assortment of clothing, evincing little respect for the Mexican's finery.

    The Bells of San Juan Jackson Gregory
  • The shopwoman displayed her assortment of cotillion objects.

    A Nest of Spies Pierre Souvestre
  • A comb-maker, however, well provided in tools, has an assortment of double saws set at every ordinary width.

British Dictionary definitions for assortment


a collection or group of various things or sorts
the act of assorting
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Word Origin and History for assortment

1610s, "action of assorting," from assort + -ment. Sense of "group of things of the same sort" is attested from 1759; that of "group of things whether the same sort or not" from 1791.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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assortment in Medicine

assortment as·sort·ment (ə-sôrt'mənt)
The relationship between non-allelic genetic traits that are transmitted from parent to child independently and according to the degree of linkage between the respective loci.

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