re·​sort | \ ri-ˈzȯrt \

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 \
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


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

There’s a newfound vibrancy in the streets of old San Juan and along the island’s sparkling shores, and nearly all the major hotels and resorts have reopened with stunning renovations. Christina Pérez, Vogue, "Here’s Where to Travel in 2019," 26 Dec. 2018 January 2019 marks the first transatlantic print issue of Condé Nast Traveler—and what better issue to launch with than an exhaustive list of our New York and London editors' favorite hotels, resorts, and cruise ships? Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "What It Takes to Make Our Gold List: Travelogue Podcast," 21 Dec. 2018 While work is still being down, the one-third of the island that is dedicated to the resort and residences has been fully restored. Lindsay Silberman, Town & Country, "The Best Room At...Six Senses Zil Pasyon," 13 Nov. 2018 So on Monday, Prince Harry valiantly handled all royal engagements on his own, so that his wife could have a day of relaxation at the exclusive Kingfisher Bay resort and exploring Fraser Island, per Daily Mail. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Wore an Affordable Polka Dot Dress for Her Pamper Day, But It's Already Sold Out," 22 Oct. 2018 Beyond the postcard image the Maldives has of luxury resorts and white sand beaches, the 400,000 citizens of the former British protectorate have struggled to maintain the democratic system established in 2008. Bharatha Mallawarachi, Fox News, "Maldivian authorities assure free vote amid fears of rigging," 22 Sep. 2018 The couple met way back in 2010 at a Swiss holiday resort and ski area. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's Engagement Story Is Straight Out of a Movie," 29 Aug. 2018 The president has doubled the membership fee of the resort since taking office, so is directly profiting from the sense that his companionship is for sale. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Has Trump turned Air Force One into a perk for Mar-a-Lago members?," 9 July 2018 The Grand Quarry King Parlor, a room with a king-bed, fireplace, balcony and view of the resort was still available as of Wednesday for about $420 a night, according to the website. Caroline Blackmon, Detroit Free Press, "5 last-minute 4th of July getaway vacations in Michigan," 27 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

As such, guests who book the house can also access the resort’s three outdoor pools, plus resort activities like spa treatments, yoga, and horseback riding. Alex Schechter, Vogue, "Beyond Airbnb: 9 Luxe Hotels That Cater to House Lovers," 11 Oct. 2018 While the patriarch, the Rupert Murdochesque Logan (Brian Cox), holds the power, the rest of the family resorts to manipulation, belittling, flattery and back-stabbing to wrest power from each other and all other challengers. Andrew R. Chow, New York Times, "What’s on TV Sunday: ‘Pose’ and ‘Succession’," 3 June 2018 Coffee farms and the beach resort town of Waikoloa sit on the mountain's western and northwestern flanks. Audrey Mcavoy, Fox News, "Hawaii has 5 other active volcanoes in addition to Kilauea," 31 May 2018 And in the Mediterranean resort town of Monastir, Jewish sewing machine repairman Simon Slama is running with the Islamist party Ennahdha. Washington Post, "Tunisia holds 1st local election since 2011 Arab Spring," 6 May 2018 Photo: Kelli Boyd for The Wall Street Journal The mountain resort town of Aspen, Colo., has seen a similar influx. Candace Taylor, WSJ, "Making Your Vacation Home Your Full-Time Home," 26 Apr. 2018 The wealthy resort town of Karuizawa, an hour’s train ride north of Tokyo, is famous for its winter skiing and cool summer air. Hanya Yanagihara, Town & Country, "8 Hotels in Japan With Great Baths," 8 Dec. 2017 The Beach, The Coral, The Royal, The Reef, and The Cove are all included in the promotion, and savings range from free nights to resort credit. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Black Friday Travel Deals of 2018," 23 Nov. 2018 With only a week’s worth of supplies, he was quickly forced to resort to catching fish and drinking seawater filtered through his clothes. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Indonesian Teenager Rescued After 49 Days Adrift At Sea," 24 Sep. 2018

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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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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 \

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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