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[uh-sawr-tid] /əˈsɔr tɪd/
consisting of different or various kinds; miscellaneous:
assorted flavors; assorted sizes.
consisting of selected kinds; arranged in sorts or varieties:
rows of assorted vegetables.
matched; suited.
Origin of assorted
1790-1800; assort + -ed2
Related forms
unassorted, adjective
well-assorted, adjective Unabridged
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  • They are beginning to get the unassorted cars from the terminals, cars that are bound for more than a score of States.

    The Modern Railroad Edward Hungerford
  • Together they form the nondescript shelters of a parasitical class of persons, white and colored, unassorted.

  • Out of sorts means mixed, unclassified, unassorted, having one's functions disordered.

    Who Goes There? Blackwood Ketcham Benson
  • Drift includes the unassorted material known as till (ground moraine) and deposits made by streams flowing from a glacier.

    Geology William J. Miller
  • Instead, all our "thinking" would be merely an unassorted jumble of simple, disconnected sense-perceptions.

  • A mob of unassorted soldiers stood on the rock-sown, man-sown hillside, victorious and helpless.

  • It takes these unassorted realities that are the despair of the sober intelligence, and extracts from them pure joy.

    The Gentle Reader Samuel McChord Crothers
British Dictionary definitions for unassorted


consisting of various kinds mixed together; miscellaneous: assorted sweets
arranged in sorts; classified: assorted categories
matched; suited (esp in the combinations well-assorted, ill-assorted)
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Word Origin and History for unassorted



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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