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verb [transitive] sort pronunciation in American English /sɔrt/
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  1. 1
    to arrange things in groups or in a particular order, for example by date, importance, size, or color
    sort something by something:

    Once the data is collected, the computer will sort it by date.

    sort something into something:

    Sort the letters into three piles.

  2. 2
    British informal to solve a problem or deal with someone or something successfully


a title used before a man or woman's name as a gender-neutral alternative to Mr, Ms, etc

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another way of saying congratulations, or that something/someone looks nice or fascinating

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