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noun sort pronunciation in British English /sɔː(r)t/
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  1. 1
    [countable] a group of people or things with the same qualities or features

    What sort are you looking for?

    sort of:

    In that sort of situation Tom tends to panic.

    of some sort/some sort of:

    Is this a joke of some sort?

    all sorts of:

    He was asking us all sorts of questions about you.

    of this/that sort:

    Mistakes of this sort happen every day.

    1. a.
      [singular] a particular type of person

      Jane won’t be able to keep quiet about it – she’s not the sort.

  2. 2
    [singular/uncountable] computing the process by which a computer arranges information in a particular order, for example by date or number, or in alphabetical order

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a type of hairstyle which has a long, thin strip of hair growing down the back of the neck

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