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


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

The Junior Explorers youth camp program will allow children to explore the Ranch resort and surrounding nature for two months during the summer. Daily Pilot Staff,, "Around Town: Wooden Boat Festival coming to Newport Beach this weekend," 6 June 2019 Dominican police also are investigating the deaths of a Maryland couple found at another hotel in the same resort May 30. Washington Post, "Dominican authorities say tourist died of heart attack," 6 June 2019 The more than 1,000-room hotel and resort was last owned by The Blackstone Group. Marcia Heroux Pounds,, "Historic Boca Raton Resort sold for nearly half-billion dollars," 6 June 2019 Other signatures included casino and resort employees, construction crew, tribal members and tribal elders and the project construction team. Shondiin Silversmith, azcentral, "Yavapai Nation celebrates milestone in construction of new Fort McDowell casino, resort," 6 June 2019 The resort and surrounding area, which has a population of about 12,500, typically attracts more than 160,000 visitors... J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "An Austrian Resort Flexes Its Muscles," 5 June 2019 Over a five-day period in May, three American tourists died in the same resort in the Dominican Republic, all reportedly of respiratory failure and fluid accumulation in their lungs. Joelle Goldstein,, "Mystery Surrounds Deaths of 3 Americans in Dominican Resort: 'Something Is Going on,' Says Relative," 5 June 2019 Well, Andaz hotels and resorts—a concept by Hyatt—have managed to bottle that moment. Vogue, "The Power of Scent: 5 New Fragrances to Help Those Vacation Memories Linger, Long After The Trip Ends," 31 May 2019 The resort of San Alfonso del Mar features luxury apartments of two, three, four, or five bedrooms, each with a large balcony that overlooks all that water, available for purchase or rent. Michele Petry, House Beautiful, "The World's Biggest Pool Will Blow Your Mind," 28 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The state’s 2011 casino law mandates resort casinos turn over 25 percent of gross gaming revenue. Joshua Miller,, "Roulette wheels? Check. Dice? Check. Encore casino poised to clear final inspection," 9 June 2019 Set in a wilderness corridor between Bokor and Kirirom national parks, spectacular Shinta Mani Wild has 15 platform tents perched over a rushing river (the creation of uber–resort designer Bill Bensley). Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "The Best Places to Travel in 2019," 7 Dec. 2018 Aventura is adjacent to Sapphire Falls and Cabana Bay Beach resorts at Universal Orlando. Dewayne Bevil,, "Universal: Aventura Hotel hiring event to be held June 29-30," 19 June 2018 The Mandarin Oriental's booking calendar has several weeknight stays in July and August for $199, plus resort fee and taxes. Jay Jones,, "Las Vegas' new Waldorf hopes to minimize disruptions during its transformation from Mandarin Oriental," 29 May 2018 Moving long turbine blades is such a logistical nightmare that the companies involved sometimes resort to building new roads for the sole purpose of moving blades. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "GE Just Switched On Cypress, Its Experimental Next-Gen Wind Turbine," 14 Mar. 2019 With both teams having exhausted their benches and bullpens, each manager resorted to drastic maneuvers to make it through to the finish. Clark Spencer, miamiherald, "Marlins play into the Fourth of July, lose 16-inning marathon to Rays," 4 July 2018 Some residents in southern California who've had enough of the electric scooter craze are reportedly resorting to vandalism in an effort to vent their frustrations. Fox News, "Southern Californians are tossing electric scooters into ocean, burning them: report," 13 Aug. 2018 Days after a study estimated Hurricane Maria’s death toll was 70 times bigger than Puerto Rico's official estimate, groups are resorting to the courts in an attempt to access crucial data from the island's government agencies. Nicole Acevedo /, NBC News, "Puerto Rico faces lawsuits over hurricane death count data," 1 June 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 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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