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resort

noun re·sort \ ri-ˈzȯrt \
Updated on: 11 Dec 2017

Definition of resort

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

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

Recent Examples of resort from the Web

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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

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

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resort

verb

Definition of resort

intransitive verb
1 : to go especially frequently or habitually : repair
2 : to have recourse
  • resort to force

Recent Examples of resort from the Web

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First Known Use of resort

15th century


re-sort

verb \ (ˌ)rē-ˈsȯrt \

Definition of re-sort

transitive verb
: to sort again

First Known Use of re-sort

1889



RESORT Defined for English Language Learners

resort

noun

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

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resort

noun re·sort \ ri-ˈzȯrt \

Definition of resort for Students

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

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resort

verb

Definition of resort for Students

resorted; resorting
: to seek aid, relief, or advantage
  • The police had to resort to force.


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