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noun re·sort \ri-ˈzȯrt\

Simple Definition of resort

  • : a place where people go for vacations

  • : something that you choose for help

  • : the act of doing or using something especially because no other choices are possible

Full Definition of resort

  1. 1 a :  one that affords aid or refuge :  resource <went to them as a last resort> b :  recourse 1a <have resort to outside help>

  2. 2 a :  frequent, habitual, or general visiting <a place of popular resort> b :  persons who frequent a place :  throng c (1) :  a frequently visited place :  haunt (2) :  a place providing recreation and entertainment especially to vacationers

Examples of resort

  1. Our first resort was to go to the police.

  2. <the island port was once the resort of smugglers, pirates, and other unsavory characters>

Origin of resort

Middle English, return, source of aid, from Anglo-French, from resortir to rebound, resort, from re- + Old French sortir to go out, leave

First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of resort

resource, resort, expedient, shift, makeshift, stopgap mean something one turns to in the absence of the usual means or source of supply. resource and resort apply to anything one falls back upon <exhausted all of their resources> <a last resort>. expedient may apply to any device or contrivance used when the usual one is not at hand or not possible <a flimsy expedient>. shift implies a tentative or temporary imperfect expedient <desperate shifts to stave off foreclosure>. makeshift implies an inferior expedient adopted because of urgent need or allowed through indifference <old equipment employed as a makeshift>. stopgap applies to something used temporarily as an emergency measure <a new law intended only as a stopgap>.



verb re·sort

Definition of resort

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to go especially frequently or habitually :  repair

  3. 2 :  to have recourse <resort to force>

15th Century

First Known Use of resort

15th century

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