re·​sort | \ ri-ˈzȯrt How to pronounce resort (audio) \

Definition of resort

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : one that affords aid or refuge : resource went to them as a last resort
b : recourse sense 1a have resort to outside help
2a : 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 designed to provide recreation, entertainment, and accommodation especially to vacationers : a community or establishment whose purpose or main industry is catering to vacationers


verb (1)
resorted; resorting; resorts

Definition of resort (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

1 : to go especially frequently or habitually : repair
2 : to have recourse resort to force


verb (2)
\ (ˌ)rē-ˈsȯrt How to pronounce re-sort (audio) \
re-sorted; re-sorting; re-sorts

Definition of re-sort (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

: to sort again

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Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of resort in a Sentence

Noun Our first resort was to go to the police. the island port was once the resort of smugglers, pirates, and other unsavory characters
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun While the Indonesian resort island of Bali tentatively opened up to domestic visitors on Friday, the beaches of Da Nang in Vietnam were deserted. John Leicester, USA TODAY, "'Survival of the fittest': Tourism continues to falter worldwide amid pandemic," 1 Aug. 2020 The president’s revenue from the Trump National Doral Miami golf resort rose by $1.2 million to $77.2 million in 2019, according to the disclosure. Rebecca Ballhaus And Chad Day, WSJ, "Trump Reports Increased Revenue at Some High-Profile Properties," 1 Aug. 2020 While the Indonesian resort island of Bali tentatively opened up to domestic visitors on Friday, the beaches of Da Nang in Vietnam were deserted. Author: John Leicester, Rod Mcguirk, Arno Pedram, Anchorage Daily News, "Sleepy lions, empty bars, lost jobs: A world without tourism," 1 Aug. 2020 Where is the largest ski resort in the United States located? Washington Post, "It's hot. Keep cool with this ice-cold quiz.," 31 July 2020 Explore the 28-acre resort, browse the shops, and enjoy the beach and restaurants. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, "9 Weekend Getaways From San Diego That Will Bring You to Mountains, Deserts, National Parks, Vineyards, and More," 31 July 2020 Stylist Ibrahim Kamara, who worked on the resort collections, is someone Abloh is especially proud to have brought into his team. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Virgil Abloh Launches a Behind-the-Scenes Instagram Account to ‘Let People Into the DNA of Off-White’," 30 July 2020 It's also sometimes called a motel chair because it was commonly seen around resort pools and in front of roadside motels, especially those along Route 66. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "Retro-Style Metal Lawn Chairs Are Peak Nostalgia and Just What Your Patio Needs," 29 July 2020 Fines appear to be a last-resort measure for police as cities around Alabama struggle with how to convince the public to wear face coverings to stop the spread of the coronavirus. al, "‘We saw how things were going’: How one small Alabama city became a leader in mandating masks," 12 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Some are being forced to tap credit lines; others may resort to selling off minority stakes in their teams to raise capital. Nathaniel Friedman, The New Republic, "The Dismal Politics of the Sports World’s “Wokest” League," 1 Aug. 2020 Without federal aid, MTA will have to resort to hiking fares, Cuomo said, and the Port Authority may have to stop or cut back on plans to rebuild John F. Kennedy International Airport. Steve Bittenbender, Washington Examiner, "Cuomo: Federal government needs to fill New York's budget gap," 30 July 2020 Powerful men, when called out for their sexism, often resort to using their wives and daughters as evidence of their virtue. Lyz Lenz, Washington Post, "How America weaponizes motherhood," 30 July 2020 Time after time, Kentuckians have had to resort to costly litigation to stop the Governor’s oppressive actions. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "Cameron seeks to join suit filed by Florence Speedway, other businesses on COVID-19 rules," 1 July 2020 Sandusky Opens: July 9-10 to season passholders, July 11 to resort guests and season passholders. Susan Glaser, cleveland, "Cedar Point, Kings Island, Kennywood, Waldameer prepare to reopen, with adjustments: Amusement park guide 2020," 25 June 2020 During the stay-at-home order, restaurants and businesses have had to resort to delivery and pick-up only. Emma Dale, Detroit Free Press, "Meeting House Grand Ballroom to cater events off-site amid COVID-19 pandemic," 18 June 2020 DeCarlo also acknowledged that smaller jurisdictions that cannot afford liability insurance may resort to bond-borrowing. Chelsey Cox, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Municipal taxpayers foot the bill for police brutality with interest-collecting bonds," 23 June 2020 Favourable dollar funding meant financial institutions did not need to resort to a fire-sale of dollar assets, say Egemen Eren, Andreas Schrimpf and Vladyslav Sushko of the BIS in a recent paper. The Economist, "Swapping panic for calm The successes of the Fed’s dollar-swap lines," 20 June 2020

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First Known Use of resort


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

1889, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for resort


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

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The first known use of resort was in the 14th century

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4 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Resort.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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How to pronounce re-sort (audio)

English Language Learners 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


re·​sort | \ ri-ˈzȯrt How to pronounce resort (audio) \

Kids Definition of resort

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : someone or something that is looked to for help I asked for help as a last resort.
2 : a place where people go on vacation a ski resort


resorted; resorting

Kids Definition of resort (Entry 2 of 2)

: to seek aid, relief, or advantage The police had to resort to force.

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