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From a reanalysis of "sort of" in a phrase such as "a sort of merry dance" from noun ("sort") and preposition ("of") from the prepositional phrase "of merry dance" to adverb modifying "merry".
- (idiomatic, colloquial) Approximately; in a way; partially; not quite; somewhat.
- It sort of makes sense the way he explains it, but I still don't really understand.
in a way etc.