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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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

But, on the whole, Chicha is oddly frictionless, unsurprising, like an advertisement enticing tourists to an all-inclusive luxury resort. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, "Chicha, the Delicious New Nicaraguan Restaurant That Caters to Millennial Cliché," 12 July 2018 Reed was old money, raised both on an exclusive island resort in Martin County his father used his oil fortune to buy in the 1930s and suburban Connecticut. Alex Harris, miamiherald, "Nathaniel Reed, 84, co-wrote the Endangered Species Act and icon of Everglades protection," 11 July 2018 Officials say killing should be last resort Not everyone thinks killing the birds is the right approach. Jordyn Hermani, Indianapolis Star, "Black vultures are eating cows alive. But it's difficult to legally kill the birds.," 13 July 2018 Gatlinburg is one of the Southeast's most popular resort towns. Joe Marusak, charlotteobserver, "E. coli sickens hundreds on zip line tours in popular resort town," 11 July 2018 Written just months before the author died in 1817, the story centers around Charlotte Heywood, her unexpected trip to Sanditon, a posh coastal resort town, and her relationship with a handsome young man named Sidney Parker. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Jane Austen's Unfinished Novel Sanditon Is Heading to TV," 11 July 2018 Cave rescue experts consider an underwater escape to be a last resort, especially with people untrained in diving. Author: Tassanee Vejpongsa, Kaweewit Kaewjinda, Anchorage Daily News, "4 rescued from Thai cave in risky operation; 9 remain inside," 9 July 2018 Cave rescue experts consider an underwater escape to be a last resort, especially with people untrained in diving. Tassanee Vejpongsa And Kaweewit Kaewjinda, Houston Chronicle, "4 rescued from Thai cave in risky operation; 9 remain inside," 9 July 2018 Cave rescue experts consider an underwater escape to be a last resort, especially with people untrained in diving. Tassanee Vejpongsa And Kaweewit Kaewjinda,, "The hidden, high-tech world of communications at Fenway Park," 8 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Officials have even resorted to phoning season-ticket holders personally. Chris Kaltenbach,, "Amid attendance woes, Orioles and Ravens aggressively court fans," 25 June 2018 The endless grind of hauling tiny humans who require twice their weight in gear is why many parents eventually resort to buying cars. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "Scooters could solve a big urban mobility issue—if startups listen," 3 May 2018 Hankins’ family used to find empty food and candy wrappers in her room and resorted to locking the refrigerator. Amanda Macmillan,, "What Is Prader-Willi Syndrome? This 380-Pound Pageant Queen Has a Condition That Makes Her Hungry All the Time," 27 Mar. 2018 Many residents have resorted to driving to nearby Birch Run for fast food. Marc Daalder, Detroit Free Press, "Bavarian-themed Frankenmuth is getting a Taco Bell," 28 June 2018 Trump’s various mouthpieces have resorted to exactly that formula, when asked difficult or obvious questions that assume a reality different from Trump’s. Andrew Sullivan, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Is Making Us All Live in His Delusional Reality Show," 15 June 2018 To handle the shortage, the agency has resorted to back-to-back shifts and temporary assignments that bring in customs officers from the country's interior to the border. Rafael Carranza, azcentral, "New U.S. border chief caught in tug-of-war between Democratic, GOP lawmakers," 26 Apr. 2018 With Taiwan struggling to jumpstart its sluggish economy, Beijing has resorted to one of its most common tactics: trying to use its economic clout to buy influence. Michael Holtz, The Christian Science Monitor, "Beijing's message for young Taiwanese: We mean business," 29 Mar. 2018 As the situation worsens, the government has increasingly resorted to repression to fend off opponents in the streets and at the polls., "Venezuela Squeezes Maduro Foes With Plan for a Vote by May," 23 Jan. 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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