sort out

phrasal verb [transitive]
Word forms "sort out":
present tense I/you/we/they sort out he/she/it sorts out present participle sorting out past tense sorted out past participle sorted out
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) 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) 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) 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) 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.

6) British informal to make someone stop causing problems for you, for example by talking to them or punishing them

English dictionary. 2014.

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