ADJ. best, worst | right, wrong | funny, odd, strange He was friendly in a funny sort of way.
PREP. ~ of The shop sells all sorts of books.
1 put things into different groups/places
ADV. busily | out I sorted the clothes out into two piles.
PREP. according to Sort the books according to their subject matter. | by The most common way of grouping was to sort the children by ability. | into We sorted the washing into piles of different garments. | through busily sorting through her clothes
2 find an answer to a problem
ADV. out Someone will have to sort this problem out.
VERB + SORT have to | try to | help (to), help sb (to) | leave sb to Leave them to sort it out among themselves.
PHRASES get sth sorted (out) If he can't get his talk sorted, we'll have to ask someone else.