1

resort

play
noun re·sort \ri-ˈzȯrt\

Definition of resort

  1. 1a :  one that affords aid or refuge :  resource went to them as a last resortb :  recourse 1a have resort to outside help

  2. 2a :  frequent, habitual, or general visiting a place of popular resortb :  persons who frequent a place :  throngc (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

Examples of resort in a Sentence

  1. Our first resort was to go to the police.

  2. the island port was once the resort of smugglers, pirates, and other unsavory characters

Origin and Etymology of resort

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

Synonym Discussion of 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

2

resort

verb re·sort

Definition of resort

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to go especially frequently or habitually :  repair

  3. 2 :  to have recourse resort to force

15th Century

First Known Use of resort

15th century



RESORT Defined for English Language Learners

1

resort

play
noun re·sort \ri-ˈzȯrt\

Definition of resort for English Language Learners

  • : 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


RESORT Defined for Kids

1

resort

play
noun re·sort \ri-ˈzȯrt\

Definition of resort for Students

  1. 1 :  someone or something that is looked to for help I asked for help as a last resort.

  2. 2 :  a place where people go on vacation a ski resort


2

resort

play
verb re·sort

Definition of resort for Students

resorted

;

resorting

  1. :  to seek aid, relief, or advantage The police had to resort to force.



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up resort? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

not embarrassed or apologetic

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • winning-words-from-the-national-spelling-bee-logo
  • Which is the correct spelling of the winning word from 1988?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!