Definitions

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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To agree; to be in accordance; to be adapted; to suit; to fall into a class or place.
  • transitive v. 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 v. To furnish with, or make up of, various sorts or a variety of goods.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

Etymologies

Middle English assorte, from Old French assorter : a-, to (from Latin ad-; see ad-) + sorte, kind (from Latin sors, sort-, chance, lot; see ser-2 in Indo-European roots).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle French assortir (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • For one of her many specialties was the ability to immediately 'assort' all the foreigners with whom she mingled, and she used to declare that she could guess a man's nationality as soon as she had spoken ten words with him.

    Norse Tales and Sketches

  • We've had to retrench, pull back, and really kind of assort based upon what the consumer would expect to pay, number one, and number two, the kind of and type of items that are more day in and day out not driven so much and solely towards holiday type purchasing.

    pfblogs.org: The Ad-Free Personal Finance Blogs Aggregator

  • Certainly it does not assort well with historical research portraying the difficulties Martin Luther King, Jr. had holding together the different Montgomery churches during the bus boycott.

    Brendan Smith: Is Social Networking Useless for Social Change?

  • On another note, death cab for cutie is for gays and other people of that assort.

    BRITISH PEOPLE ARE BAD AT MAKING TRAILERS

  • Does that hurt your ego so much and assort to attack the wrong target?

    Mazda Has Michael Phelps Apologize to China - The Lede Blog - NYTimes.com

  • Because you can bet your life, a loaded EU assort riffle pointed at yours, will get you running home to mummy soon enough.

    LE WAR ON CAPITALISM

  • That they're not going to do that on their own, but they've just got assort all of this out, and essentially it's going to take some more time, John.

    CNN Transcript Jul 21, 2009

  • In the early twentieth century, although the nascent field of genetics was guided by Mendel's law of segregation (two alleles of a gene separate, i.e., segregate, during the formation of the germ cells so that each germ cell has one but not the other) and law of independent assortment (genes in different linkage groups assort independently in the formation of germ cells), the actual mechanisms of gene reproduction, mutation and expression remained unknown.

    Molecular Biology

  • Random assortment of the maternal and paternal chromosomes during pairing serves to independently assort different linkage groups (genes along the same chromosome).

    Molecular Biology

  • Nothing could less assort with her passion for solitude, her fondness for literary and sentimental discussions, and her enthusiasm in friendship.

    Camilla

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • Contronymic in the sense: distribute vs. collect.

    January 27, 2007