v. as·sort·ed, as·sort·ing, as·sorts
1. To separate into groups according to kind; classify.
2. To supply with (an appropriate variety or assortment, as of goods).
1. To agree in kind; fall into the same class.
2. To associate with others; keep company.
[Middle English assorte, from Old French assorter : a-, to (from Latin ad-; see AD-) + sorte, kind (from Latin sors, sort-, chance, lot; see ser-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots).]
as·sorta·tive (ə-sôrtə-tĭv) adj.
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