Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To separate into groups according to kind; classify.
  • intransitive verb To supply with (an appropriate variety or assortment, as of goods).
  • intransitive verb To agree in kind; fall into the same class.
  • intransitive verb To associate with others; keep company.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To separate and distribute into classes, sorts, or kinds; part into lots; arrange; classify: as, to assort goods.
  • To furnish with a suitable assortment or variety of goods; make up of articles likely to suit a demand: as, to assort a cargo; “well-assorted warehouses,”
  • To make of the same sort; adapt or suit.
  • To agree in sort or kind; be accordant or matched: as, the two kinds assort well or ill.
  • To associate; consort.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To separate and distribute into classes, as things of a like kind, nature, or quality, or which are suited to a like purpose; to classify. [Rarely applied to persons.]
  • transitive verb To furnish with, or make up of, various sorts or a variety of goods.
  • intransitive verb To agree; to be in accordance; to be adapted; to suit; to fall into a class or place.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To sort or arrange according to characteristic or class.
  • verb intransitive To be of a kind with.
  • verb intransitive To be associated with; to consort with.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb keep company with; hang out with
  • verb arrange or order by classes or categories

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English assorte, from Old French assorter : a-, to (from Latin ad-; see ad–) + sorte, kind (from Latin sors, sort-, chance, lot; see ser- in Indo-European roots).]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Middle French assortir

Examples

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  • Contronymic in the sense: distribute vs. collect.

    January 27, 2007