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re·​sort ri-ˈzȯrt How to pronounce resort (audio)
: one that affords aid or refuge : resource
went to them as a last resort
: recourse sense 1a
have resort to outside help
: frequent, habitual, or general visiting
a place of popular resort
: persons who frequent a place : throng
: a frequently visited place : haunt
: 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


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verb (1)

resorted; resorting; resorts

intransitive verb

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


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verb (2)

re-sorted; re-sorting; re-sorts

transitive verb

: to sort again
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

Example Sentences

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
But there are clues — giant red flags, really, in the form of armed guards, barbed wire and dire warnings about not stepping foot off the resort — that, well, this could be Heaven or this could be Hell. Peter Debruge, Variety, 22 Jan. 2023 By now, everyone has found out about the internet's worst kept secret: Beyoncé would return to the stage for the grand opening of the ultra luxurious resort, Atlantis The Royal Dubai. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, 21 Jan. 2023 The Florida resort includes an entire village tied to Make-A-Wish that provides all sorts of experiences geared toward families involved with the program. Dave Kallmann, Journal Sentinel, 20 Jan. 2023 The resort’s conceit centers on airy, design-savvy treehouse lodges set amid the verdant South African forest. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 19 Jan. 2023 The twin-engine ATR 72-500t, operated by Nepal’s Yeti Airlines, was completing the 27-minute flight from the capital, Kathmandu, to the resort city of Pokhara, 200 kilometers (125 miles) west. Anish Bhattarai,, 17 Jan. 2023 The twin-engine ATR 72-500t, operated by Nepal’s Yeti Airlines, was completing the 27-minute flight from the capital, Kathmandu, to the resort city of Pokhara, 200 kilometers (125 miles) west. Time, 17 Jan. 2023 Hours after dark, scores of onlookers crowded around the crash site near the airport in the resort city of Pokhara as rescue workers combed the wreckage on the edge of the cliff and in the ravine below. Pilar Arias, Fox News, 15 Jan. 2023 Stalin met with his fellow Allied leaders, Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt, in the resort city of Yalta in Crimea in February 1945 to plan for the end of the war. The New York Times, New York Times, 30 Dec. 2022
Did the football team at the heart of Ashley Lyle and Bart Nickerson’s twisty HBO thriller really resort to cannibalism? Radhika Seth, Vogue, 8 Jan. 2023 Kevin’s former life as a pastry chef in Europe had left him with a love of delicately milky desserts and puzzlement as to why Americans resort, instead, to a la mode. Lauren Joseph, WSJ, 6 Jan. 2023 When the system is overwhelmed, schedulers, pilots and flight attendants surprisingly resort to manual processes. Noah Barsky, Forbes, 6 Jan. 2023 Victims of deepfake technologies have no choice but to resort to specific domestic laws, Lam said. WIRED, 11 Jan. 2023 Southern California Edison also warned about the possibility that the utility may resort to power shutoffs for about 16,500 residents in L.A. and Ventura counties from Friday night through Saturday due to elevated fire risk during the wind event. Summer Linstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 18 Nov. 2022 People often do not know what is expected of them in their workplaces and may continually resort to questioning other colleagues and disrupting their concentration. Jose Luis Gonzalez Rodriguez, Forbes, 2 Aug. 2022 Still, the threat of a wider outbreak in Beijing is far from over and the central government’s unflinching commitment to its zero-Covid strategy means China’s capital may still resort to citywide shutdowns. Selina Cheng, WSJ, 26 Apr. 2022 The far-right Democratic Center has been supportive of Trump, and its members over the last few days have shown a willingness to resort to some of Trump’s tactics in dismissing electoral results. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, 22 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History



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, 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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Resort.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
re·​sort ri-ˈzȯ(ə)rt How to pronounce resort (audio)
: someone or something that is looked to for help
a last resort
: recourse sense 1
have resort to force
: frequent, habitual, or general visiting
a place of popular resort
: a frequently visited place : hangout
: a place providing recreation and entertainment especially to vacationers
a ski resort


2 of 2 verb
: to go especially frequently or habitually
: to turn to for aid, relief, or advantage
resort to violence

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