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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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 Park City Mountain Resort, the largest ski resort in the U.S., is hardly under the radar. Sara Clemence, WSJ, "Lake Homes That Give ‘Après Ski’ New Meaning," 30 Sep. 2020 The 106,622-square-foot office building, designed by architect Page Southerland Page, will sit on more than 6 acres that are part of the 660-acre PGA Frisco campus, which also includes an Omni hotel and resort and two golf courses. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Construction starts on PGA of America office building in Frisco," 29 Sep. 2020 Since then, the number of available single-family homes in Winhall and Stratton, the adjacent ski resort, has dropped to 29 from 129, its lowest level since 2003, according to Tim Apps, a realtor with the Vermont Sales Group. Ellen Barry, New York Times, "The Virus Sent Droves to a Small Town. Suddenly, It’s Not So Small.," 26 Sep. 2020 Thousands of hotel and resort workers in Arizona have lost their jobs due to the pandemic. Melissa Yeager, The Arizona Republic, "16,100 jobs lost: Arizona hotel employees reflect on COVID-19 and possible return to work," 25 Sep. 2020 This is just the latest step in Eugenie and Jack's long love story, which began back in 2010, when the duo met at a Swiss ski resort. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's Royal Baby Will Arrive in "Early 2021"," 25 Sep. 2020 Folks with this card receive a certificate every year after their account anniversary that can be redeemed against a free night at any Category 1 to 4 Hyatt hotel or resort. Eric Rosen, Condé Nast Traveler, "7 Hotel Credit Cards That Guarantee a Free Night Every Year," 25 Sep. 2020 The last time a South Korean was killed by the North was in 2008, when a soldier shot a South Korean tourist at the Mt. Kumgang ski resort. Gawon Bae, CNN, "South Korea official shot dead by North Korean troops after crossing border: Seoul," 23 Sep. 2020 Unable to travel, many people who have the means are buying second homes with pools in resort-like areas. Kathleen Pender,, "‘Just mind-blowing’: Despite fires and virus, Bay Area home prices hit record," 17 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In the meantime, the administration might have to resort to laying off workers, Montaño said. Matt Sledge,, "What if the New Orleans jail is expanded? It would take money from these departments, officials warn," 6 Oct. 2020 Connection deserts are big problem in New Hampshire, with several towns reporting that few of their residents use a broadband connection and many have to resort to driving around to find a decent signal. John Suayan, Washington Examiner, "New Hampshire Electric Cooperative aims to bring broadband internet to rural parts of state," 30 Sep. 2020 But the researchers here argue that if things are on the edge of working under current climate conditions, there's no need to resort to anything exceptional. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Another look at possible under-ice lakes on Mars: They’re still there," 28 Sep. 2020 When support is not paid, the custodial parent may have to resort to child support enforcement agencies, and, depending on income, may have to file for public assistance. Donna Engle,, "Legal Matters: Unemployed parents must continue to pay child support," 26 Sep. 2020 After that forecasters will have to resort to the Greek alphabet for storm names. Leigh Morgan, al, "Sally moving out but attention shifts back to Gulf, where another storm could be brewing," 17 Sep. 2020 Forecasters have used up the entire 2020 storm name list and have had to resort to the Greek alphabet for names. Leigh Morgan, al, "High chance tropical depression forms in Caribbean this weekend," 1 Oct. 2020 In some countries, state operators can and will resort to espionage to gain a competitive edge, including breaking into the hotel safe to get your laptop for a quick download or to install monitoring malware. Johanna Read, National Geographic, "Will new travel technology invade your privacy?," 1 Oct. 2020 Managers of the Breitenbush hot springs resort deep in the Oregon wilderness were not particularly worried about the Lionshead fire, which for more than two weeks had been simmering behind a mountain 20 miles away. Richard Read, oregonlive, "Inside the battle to save Breitenbush," 22 Sep. 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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15 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Resort.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 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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