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

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 Foster care is supposed to be a last resort for children who face danger in their own homes—the number of whom is rising. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "The Uncertain Fate of Migrant Children Sent to Foster Care," 20 June 2018 Raising wild baby birds is a labor intensive job and should always be a last resort. Denise Coffey, Courant Community, "Found A Baby Bird? Here's What To Do," 17 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Central Florida hotels dominated the site’s list of top theme-park hotels, with all five Universal Orlando resorts landing in the top 10. Dewayne Bevil,, "Poll: Aquatica best water park; high ratings go to Universal, Disney hotels," 22 June 2018 Too often, leaders mistake vulnerability with weakness, and often resort to a more one-dimensional power position in efforts to command respect. Glenda Mcneal, Time, "The Boss: Lessons From My Childhood Helped Me Ascend the Ranks at American Express," 13 June 2018 Some resort to backstreet abortions or unsafe medication sold online. The Economist, "Argentina moves closer to legalising abortion," 9 June 2018 As a 12-year-old girl, Phoenix Moncada was petrified and confused by the physical changes of puberty – and resorted to cutting, or self-mutilation, over and over again. Samantha Young, sacbee, "Should ‘gender-affirming health care’ be on the radar for California’s foster kids?," 2 July 2018 Timeshares are a way to use vacation property, typically resort condominiums with bedrooms and kitchens, for a week each year. Liz Weston, The Seattle Times, "How to be a happy timeshare owner," 25 June 2018 The re-signings of Wilfried Bony and Andre Ayew smacked of desperation, of a club that was once a proud passing side now resorting to splashing the cash looking to recreate the glory days with players who are no longer up to the task., "How Finding Footballing Identity Can Help the 3 Relegated Premier League Sides Return to Top Flight," 17 May 2018 The fact that Reus and Kroos are resorting to shots from outside the box tells you how stout the South Korean defense has been. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Germany Crashes Out of World Cup With a Loss to South Korea," 28 June 2018 In some states including Minnesota and Arkansas, herbicide-resistant pigweed is so persistent that farmers have resorted to hiring laborers to handpick or blowtorch the weeds. Brooke Borel, Scientific American, "Weeds Are Winning the War against Herbicide Resistance," 18 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 \

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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