Definitions

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  • adv. Approximately; in a way; partially; not quite; somewhat.

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

  • adv. to some (great or small) extent

Etymologies

From a reanalysis of "sort of" in a phrase such as "a sort of merry dance" from noun ("sort") and preposition ("of") from the prepositional phrase "of merry dance" to adverb modifying "merry". (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • As is standard in this sort of research, they used a machine known as a flow cytometer to examine the surface of cells from the mouse, taken from immune-system organs such as the lymph nodes and the spleen.

    The Autoimmune Epidemic

  • Longson hardly seemed an inviting sort for Stuey to cadge a loan from, but the two had played many tournaments together, and Longson was the only man in the room with a fat enough bankroll and some sort of personal link to him.

    One of a Kind

  • I staggered out of the room, sort of trembly and dizzy, but I walked down the six flights of stairs to get my head straight, and then went right out of the hotel, not handing in my key, not saying anything to my Indian pal.

    The Double Life is Twice as Good

  • And to adults, a sort of vicarious fulfillment, along with the vindication of seeing Uncle Buck finally admit that family and steady income are the only road to true happiness.

    Dont You Forget About Me

  • Kerr applied a particular molecule that other researchers have found acts as just this sort of signpost during fetal development to the area where he wanted the newly growing axonal nerve to go.

    The Autoimmune Epidemic

  • When the count was favorable, they would signal the “big player,” usually Uston in some sort of disguise, who would swoop in and make an enormous bet.

    One of a Kind

  • The double-crested, however, fly with their necks sort of bent.

    Moon Dance

  • She tried to smile at him as a sort of peace offering, to make him feel at ease, surrounded, as he was, by Enrights and near-Enrights, but he appeared to be making polite conversation with August Devlin, who was seated on his right.

    Moon Dance

  • Some of the cells in the thymus, however, undergo a more sophisticated sort of education—a kind of officer training program if you will.

    The Autoimmune Epidemic

  • The double-barred cross is a sort of heraldic fiction which is unknown in the ceremonial of the Church.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

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