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A lot of times you see really good-looking guys on TV and you sort of assume that maybe there's some sort of vacuity behind them.
Misha Collins

Meaning of "sort of" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF SORT OF

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WHAT DOES SORT OF MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Definition of sort of in the English dictionary

The definition of sort of in the dictionary is in some way or other; as it were; rather. Other definition of sort of is used to express reservation or qualified assent.


WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE SORT OF

sort
sort code
sort out
sort out the men from the boys
sort-out
sorta
sortable
sortal
sortance
sortation
sorted
sorter
sortie
sortilege
sortileger
sorting
sorting code
sorting office
sortition
sortment

WORDS THAT END LIKE SORT OF

a bit of
at the cost of
at the request of
get the best of
grow out of
in light of
in point of
in the event of
in the midst of
keep out of
make the best of
make the most of
on account of
on the part of
on the point of
out of
short of
take account of
the best part of
the better part of

Synonyms and antonyms of sort of in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «SORT OF»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «sort of» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of sort of

Translation of «sort of» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF SORT OF

Find out the translation of sort of to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of sort of from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «sort of» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

排序
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

tipo de
570 millions of speakers

English

sort of
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

की तरह
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

نوع من
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

рода
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

tipo de
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

প্রকার, রকম
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

sorte de
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

lebih kurang
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

irgendwie
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

一種の
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

종류의
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Urut saka
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

loại
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

வகையான
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

क्रमवारी
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

Çeşit
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

genere di
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

rodzaj
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

роду
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

un fel de
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

είδος
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

soort
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

slags
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

slags
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of sort of

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «SORT OF»

The term «sort of» is very widely used and occupies the 5.260 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «SORT OF» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about sort of

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10 QUOTES WITH «SORT OF»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word sort of.
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Afrojack
I was in school - I was a good learner; if I wanted to get something done, I could get it done. I was lazy, though. I was always, like, sort of an outcast. And when I got home, I was always doing music, but when I was doing music, no one was there to judge it, you know? It was just me in my bedroom. It gave me freedom and made me happy.
2
Aldrich Ames
The FBI, to its credit in a self-serving sort of way, rejects the routine use of the polygraph on its own people.
3
Jonathan Ames
I might have some sort of personality disorder. I might not have proper filters; it might be some kind of version of Asperger's meets Tourettes meets prose.
4
Ann Bancroft
And then there's also this element of - some people would describe it as spirits or a presence that appears when things are very difficult, physically and emotionally. You know, when you're really putting out. So the third man aura is sort of an appearance. It's the yeti.
5
Pat Barker
I didn't belong to the sort of family where the children's classics were laid on. I went to the public library and read everything I could get my hands on.
6
Paul Begala
Again, President Reagan was sort of an amiable presence out at the ranch by the last 6 months of his presidency. He had no effect on national policy at all.
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Sandra Bernhard
I've become this sort of icon for the gay community. I don't like the position.
8
P. C. Cast
As a successful romantic novelist - one of my publishers is Mills & Boon - I create the sort of male heroes that no woman could fail to adore and few real men could hope to emulate.
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Misha Collins
A lot of times you see really good-looking guys on TV and you sort of assume that maybe there's some sort of vacuity behind them.
10
Anderson Cooper
If I'm hip, we've got a problem in this country. I really shouldn't be held up as any model of hipness. If anything, I think I'm sort of old school in my approach to objective reporting and not wearing my opinion on my sleeve. There's a lot of that in American TV news these days. Too much, in fact.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «SORT OF»

Discover the use of sort of in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to sort of and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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True (. . . Sort Of)
Ferris is a real mysturiosity (an extremely curious mystery). True: Katherine Hannigan's first novel since her acclaimed Ida B is a compelling look at the ways friendships and truths are discovered. It's all true ( . . . sort of).
Katherine Hannigan, 2011
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A Sort Of Life
In A Sort of Life Greene recalls schooldays and Oxford, adolescent encounters with psychoanalysis and Russian roulette, his marriage and conversion to Catholicism, and how he rashly resigned from The Times when his first novel, The Man ...
Graham Greene, 2011
3
Knowing, Not-knowing and Sort-of-knowing: Psychoanalysis and ...
Psychoanalysis.
Jean Petrucelli, 2010
4
It's Just a F***ing Date: Some Sort of Book About Dating
Bestselling authors Greg Behrendt and Amiira Ruotola return to the minefield of modern relationships with this revised and updated edition. Praise for HE’S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU: “No ego-soothing platitudes. No pop psychology.
Greg Behrendt, Amiira Ruotola, 2013
5
Dave Barry Slept Here: A Sort of History of the United States
If you love to laugh, and you love your country, this is the book you've been waiting for since 1776. Or at least since Super Bowl III. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Dave Barry, 2010
6
Alice in Rapture, Sort Of
According to Pamela’s cousin in New Jersey, the worst thing that can happen to a girl is to start seventh grade without a boyfriend.
Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, 2012
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The Big Sort: Why the Clustering of Like-Minded American is ...
How this came to be, and its dire implications for our country, is the subject of this ground-breaking work. In The Big Sort, Bishop has taken his analysis to a new level.
Bill Bishop, 2009
8
A Queer Sort of Materialism: Recontextualizing American Theater
An eclectic collection of essays on theater and its decline as highbrow culture, under the influence of theme parks and blockbuster movies
David Savran, 2003
9
Thanks, But This Isn't for Us: A (Sort of) Compassionate ...
These are just a few of the problems that keep writers from breaking through with their work.
Jessica Page Morrell, 2009
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Sort-of-Difficult Origami
Butterflies, speedboats, and penguins, who would have thought so much could be made out of paper?
Brekka Hervey Larrew, 2010

8 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «SORT OF»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term sort of is used in the context of the following news items.
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Why This Image of a Black Demon Leading St. Francis Was Sort of a …
Image of the Week: The depictions of blackness as a sign of the devil in art began to fade as Spain and other countries became more familiar with those of ... «The Root, Jan 15»
2
Graceful cast saves 'Life and Sort of Death of Eric Argyle'
At first, “The Life and Sort of Death of Eric Argyle” by Irish playwright Ross Dungan gives the impression of a short story that somehow fell into the submission ... «Los Angeles Times, Sep 14»
3
Album Review: Andrew Bird - Things Are Really Great Here, Sort Of...
On new covers album Things Are Really Great Here, Sort Of…, the book that Bird draws from the shelf is one written by his friends, The Handsome Family. «Consequence of Sound, Jun 14»
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Andrew Bird: Things Are Really Great Here, Sort Of
Perhaps that's why Things Are Really Great Here, Sort Of feels like much more than an album filled with covers. Although all of the songs were originally penned ... «Paste Magazine, Jun 14»
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Andrew Bird announces new album, Things Are Really Great Here …
Due out on June 3rd, Things Are Really Great Here, Sort Of… will see Bird taking on songs like The Handsome Family's 2003 track (and True Detective theme ... «Consequence of Sound, May 14»
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Laura Marano Starring in 'A Sort of Homecoming' (EXCLUSIVE)
“Austin and Ally” star Laura Marano has been cast as the lead in the upcoming indie drama “A Sort of Homecoming.” Producers are Marcus Brown, Lynn Reed ... «Variety, Jan 14»
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At Work: Put your discourse on a diet; remove fillers
I kind of felt like writing, well, sort of a column today. I was hoping it would sort of inspire you to join my crusade. That was kind of my goal. COLUMN: Cut ... «USA TODAY, Mar 13»
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A Theory of Everything (Sort Of)
All this technology and globalization are eliminating more and more “routine” work — the sort of work that once sustained a lot of middle-class lifestyles. «New York Times, Aug 11»

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