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Verb: sort out  sort awt
  1. Arrange or order by classes or categories
    "How would you sort out these pottery shards--are they prehistoric?";
    - classify, class, sort, assort, separate
  2. Make free from confusion or ambiguity; make clear
    - clear, clear up, shed light on, crystallize, crystallise [Brit], crystalize, crystalise [Brit], straighten out, enlighten, illuminate, elucidate
  3. Punish in order to gain control or enforce obedience
    "The teacher sorted out the pupils rather frequently";
    - discipline, correct

Derived forms: sorts out, sorted out, sorting out

Type of: categorise [Brit], categorize, clarify, clear up, elucidate, penalise [Brit], penalize, punish, sanction