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re·​sort ri-ˈzȯrt How to pronounce resort (audio)
: one that affords aid or refuge : resource
went to them as a last resort
: recourse sense 1a
have resort to outside help
: frequent, habitual, or general visiting
a place of popular resort
: persons who frequent a place : throng
: a frequently visited place : haunt
: 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


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verb (1)

resorted; resorting; resorts

intransitive verb

: to go especially frequently or habitually : repair
: to have recourse
resort to force


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verb (2)

re-sorted; re-sorting; re-sorts

transitive verb

: to sort again
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

Noun Our first resort was to go to the police. the island port was once the resort of smugglers, pirates, and other unsavory characters Verb (1) unable to achieve their ends politically, some of the opposition groups have begun to resort to violence resorted to the library whenever he felt the need for a little peace and quiet
Recent Examples on the Web
Anaheim police, fire and rescue personnel arrived at the resort on Wednesday just before 11:30 a.m. regarding a collision that had occurred backstage, according to a statement released Saturday by the Anaheim Police Department. Emily Alpert Reyes, Los Angeles Times, 8 June 2024 There are more than 9,000 participating properties in more than 95 countries, plus vacation rentals, club resorts, and other partners like Caesars Rewards partner hotels (in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, and more). Eric Rosen, Travel + Leisure, 8 June 2024
Of course, the good work is not exclusive to resort properties. Matt Ortile, Condé Nast Traveler, 22 May 2024 The reception was held at the Lodge at Rancho Mirage (a hotel and resort about 120 miles east of L.A.) and overall cost almost $4 million, PEOPLE reported. Kate Hogan, Peoplemag, 20 May 2024
In many parts of the country, the divide between red and blue has prompted a re-sorting in which moving states has seemed simpler to tens of thousands of people than changing the party in charge. Scott Wilson, Anchorage Daily News, 15 Sep. 2023 See all Example Sentences for resort 

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Word History



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, 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

Time Traveler
The first known use of resort was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Resort.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
re·​sort ri-ˈzȯ(ə)rt How to pronounce resort (audio)
: someone or something that is looked to for help
a last resort
: recourse sense 1
have resort to force
: frequent, habitual, or general visiting
a place of popular resort
: a frequently visited place : hangout
: a place providing recreation and entertainment especially to vacationers
a ski resort


2 of 2 verb
: to go especially frequently or habitually
: to turn to for aid, relief, or advantage
resort to violence

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