sort out

1) PHRASAL VERB If you sort out a group of things, you separate them into different classes, groups, or places, for example so that you can do different things with them.

[V P n (not pron)] Sort out all your bills, receipts, invoices and expenses as quickly as possible and keep detailed accounts...

[V P n (not pron)] Davina was sorting out scraps of material...

[V P n (not pron) from n] How do we sort out fact from fiction? [Also V n P]

2) PHRASAL VERB If you sort out a problem or the details of something, you do what is necessary to solve the problem or organize the details.

[V P n (not pron)] India and Nepal have sorted out their trade and security dispute...

[V n P] Have you sorted something out for tomorrow night?

3) PHRASAL VERB If you sort someone out, you make them realize that they have behaved wrongly, for example by talking to them or by punishing them. [mainly BRIT]

[V n P] It was the older women and young mothers who sorted all the troublemakers out...

[V P n (not pron)] The crucial skill you need to develop is sorting out the parents.

4) PHRASAL VERB If you sort yourself out, you organize yourself or calm yourself so that you can act effectively and reasonably.

[V pron-refl P] We're in a state of complete chaos here and I need a little time to sort myself out.

Syn:
get yourself together

English dictionary. 2008.

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  • sort-out — n [singular] BrE informal an occasion when you tidy a room, desk etc and get rid of the things you do not need ▪ These cupboards need a good sort out …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • sort-out — UK US noun [singular] british informal the process of getting rid of things that you do not need and arranging things that you do need tidily It’s time we had a good sort out. Thesaurus: instance or an action of cleaning or tidyingsynonym …   Useful english dictionary

  • sort out — index cull, diagnose, differentiate, discriminate (distinguish), fix (arrange), part (separate) …   Law dictionary

  • sort-out — noun singular BRITISH INFORMAL the process of getting rid of things you do not need and arranging things that you do need neatly …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • sort out — verb 1. arrange or order by classes or categories (Freq. 3) How would you classify these pottery shards are they prehistoric? • Syn: ↑classify, ↑class, ↑sort, ↑assort, ↑separate • Derivationally relate …   Useful english dictionary

  • sort out — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms sort out : present tense I/you/we/they sort out he/she/it sorts out present participle sorting out past tense sorted out past participle sorted out 1) British to make arrangements for something to happen, or… …   English dictionary

  • sort out — they must sort out their problems Syn: resolve, settle, solve, fix, work out, straighten out, deal with, put right, set right, rectify, iron out; answer, explain, fathom, unravel, clear up; informal sew up, hammer out, thrash out …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • sort out — {v. phr.} 1. To alphabetize; arrange in numerical order. * /The secretary helped Professor Brown sort out his numerous index cards./ 2. To clarify. * / Help me sort out these bills, she begged her husband./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • sort\ out — v. phr. 1. To alphabetize; arrange in numerical order. The secretary helped Professor Brown sort out his numerous index cards. 2. To clarify. Help me sort out these bills, she begged her husband …   Словарь американских идиом

  • sort out — phr verb Sort out is used with these nouns as the object: ↑feeling, ↑finance, ↑mess, ↑priority, ↑problem, ↑tangle, ↑thing …   Collocations dictionary

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