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

Full access to the resort’s amenities and spa facilities are included with purchase. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Cyber Monday Travel Deals of 2018," 26 Nov. 2018 Well Below Par’’ over Trump’s Turnberry golf resort in western Scotland on Friday night to protest his environmental and immigration policies. Paul Kelbie,, "10,000 protesters opposing Trump march through Scottish capital," 14 July 2018 The stop at Trump’s resort preceded a rally and panel discussion on gun violence just 2 miles away at Dreher Park. Aric Chokey,, "'Road to Change' bus tour brings its message to West Palm Beach, Mar-a-Lago," 1 July 2018 Pecker rented out facilities at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida for a couple of board meetings, and Trump introduced Pecker at Pace University when Pecker received an honorary doctorate. Sarah Ellison,, "National Enquirer let Trump’s lawyer tweak its stories during presidential campaign, sources say," 22 June 2018 Pecker rented out facilities at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort for a couple of board meetings, and Trump introduced Pecker at Pace University when Pecker received an honorary doctorate. Sarah Ellison,, "National Enquirer allegedly ran stories by Trump before publishing during campaign," 21 June 2018 In 2007, to settle a dispute between the City of Palm Beach and Mr. Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, the foundation paid $100,000 to the Fisher House Foundation, another charity. Danny Hakim, New York Times, "New York Attorney General Sues Trump Foundation After 2-Year Investigation," 14 June 2018 The addition of the Endless Summer hotels and Aventura will bring the room count of Universal’s resorts in Orlando to 9,000. Marco Santana,, "Universal shows renderings of Surfside Inn and Suites, opens reservations for 2019 debut," 13 June 2018 Students in South Florida are also planning a die-in outside President Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla., the Miami Herald reported. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Pulse nightclub massacre anniversary to be marked by die-in's across country," 12 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Alison never resorted to pouring the liquid from the sharps bucket, where syringes are disposed, but she’s heard of others who have (despite the risk that the mixture of unknown substances at the bottom of the bucket could be a lethal combination). Kayla Webley Adler, Marie Claire, "I Was One Of The Top Doctors In My Field. I Was Also An Opioid Addict.," 25 Feb. 2019 Authorities resorted to using facial recognition software and comparing his face to databases of passports and driver's license photos. Stefan Becket, CBS News, "Jarrod Ramos, 38, identified as suspect in Annapolis shooting," 28 June 2018 Someone with disordered eating patterns might resort to unhealthy behaviors. Elisabeth Poorman, SELF, "Why It's Not Productive to Just Tell a Patient 'You Have to Lose Weight'," 26 June 2018 These countries have kept crime lower without resorting to authoritarianism, using a mix of more professional (if still far from perfect) policing and relatively effective social programs. Ioan Grillo, The New Republic, "When Democracy Isn’t Enough," 6 June 2018 Will Supergirl resort to killing for the first time ever? Sydney Bucksbaum, The Hollywood Reporter, "DC TV Watch: 'Gotham' Reveals New Joker's Surprising Demeanor," 5 May 2018 But in the 19th and 20th centuries, these large pockets fell out of fashion, and ever since, women have had to resort to purses and bags as a substitute. Kimberly Mas, Vox, "Women’s pockets favor fashion over function — and it’s terrible.," 5 Dec. 2018 But cash is in short supply and in some parts of the country, citizens have had to resort to bartering for staples. Kejal Vyas, WSJ, "Venezuela’s Inflation Rate Surges Higher," 7 Nov. 2018 Nixon repaid the favor to his vice president, Spiro Agnew, who had to resort to begging Nixon for more to do. Ray Locker, USA TODAY, "'First in Line': What it's like when you are a heartbeat from the presidency," 11 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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