Here's the ultimate list of phrasal verbs with “sort.”
“Sort out” Meaning and Examples
Meaning 1 – Sort out
To organize or plan something.
Jake sorted out everything for tonight’s party. He did a great job.
Jake organized everything for tonight’s party. He did a great job.
Meaning 2 – Sort out
To solve a problem, disagreement, or inconvenience.
They need to talk and try to sort out this difficult situation. It’s the only way.
They need to talk and try to solve this difficult situation. It’s the only way.
Meaning 3 – Sort out
To arrange something.
I spent my whole morning sorting out these files. This is a terrible job.
I spent my whole morning arranging these files. This is a terrible job.
Meaning 4 – Sort out
To look for some information, to discover something.
Investigations continue trying to sort out how the virus began to spread.
Investigations continue trying to discover how the virus began to spread.
“Sort through” Meaning and Examples
To try to find something among other things, to look at different things while looking for something.
She couldn’t find her phone, so she was sorting through her purse.
She couldn’t find her phone, so she was trying to find it in her purse.