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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theysort out
he/she/itsorts out
present participlesorting out
past tensesorted out
past participlesorted out

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  1. 1
    British to make arrangements for something to happen, or to decide how it will happen
    Danny’s organizing the food and the music’s already sorted out.
  2. 2
    to do what is necessary to deal with a problem, disagreement, or difficult situation successfully
    This matter could be sorted out if they would just sit down and talk.
    sort yourself out: If you have a problem, the welfare officer can help you sort yourself out.
  3. 3
    to get rid of things that you do not need and arrange things that you do need tidily
    I need to sort out the mess on my desk.
    I’ve managed to sort the newspapers out.
  4. 4
    to find out information that allows you to understand something
    sort out how/what/why etc: Investigators are still trying to sort out why the accident happened.
  5. 5
    British informal to provide something for someone
    sort someone out: If you need a new bike, I can sort you out.
    sort something out for someone: We’ll sort out more suitable clothes for you.
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