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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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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Trump spent the weekend at his resort in Palm Beach, now his official primary residence, before going to Daytona. Harold Maass, TheWeek, "February 17, 2020," 17 Feb. 2020 Trump plans to attend the Daytona 500, which marks the start to NASCAR’s 2020 season, on his way back to Washington, D.C., after a weekend at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida. Tim Pearce, Washington Examiner, "Trump plans to take 'The Beast' for a lap at Daytona 500," 14 Feb. 2020 Trump repaid the Deutsche Bank team with a weekend trip to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla. The following year, with his casinos on the rocks, Trump’s company stopped paying interest on the bonds and filed for bankruptcy protection. New York Times, "The Money Behind Trump’s Money," 4 Feb. 2020 Trump will spend the weekend at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla., with a campaign fund-raising event scheduled for Friday night. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "Trump plans 14th trip to Texas, this time to tout trade deals in Austin at Farm Bureau confab," 13 Jan. 2020 As tensions escalated and more than three thousand new U.S. troops began deploying to the region, President Trump spent the weekend playing golf at his Mar-a-Lago resort, in Florida, and spewing threats on Twitter in his spare time. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, "The Breathtaking Unravelling of the Middle East After Qassem Suleimani’s Death," 6 Jan. 2020 Jamaica's minister of tourism, Edmund Bartlett, ordered the audit following the rapes of two Detroit women who were assaulted at gunpoint in their all-inclusive resort. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, "12 big Michigan stories in 2019: Transmissions, terror and Trump," 27 Dec. 2019 He has been known to decorate the walls of his resorts with fake ones featuring his own face. J.d. Crowe |, al, "Greta is ‘Person of the Year’; jealous Trump deserves his own award," 13 Dec. 2019 And when the company refused to work with residents, Hartford began negotiating a sale, and planning for its last resort, taking the property through eminent domain. Rebecca Lurye,, "$20M mixed-use development with apartments planned for long-vacant corner of Albany and Woodland in Hartford," 18 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In addition to treating these symptoms with oxygen therapy, ventilators, and antibiotics, doctors there have also resorted to experimentation. Megan Molteni, Wired, "China Launches a Crush of Clinical Trials Aimed at Covid-19," 13 Feb. 2020 These firms have typically resorted to partnering with existing banks to get up and running more quickly. John Detrixhe, Quartz, "Fintech has finally cracked the US banking sector," 11 Feb. 2020 In the past, Boeing has resorted to selling the 787 at a steep discount to secure a larger share of sales. Jon Sindreu, WSJ, "A Horrible 2019 Isn’t the End to Boeing’s Troubles," 29 Jan. 2020 What is more, the university has resorted to tactics that make the strike and its aftermath a matter of broader public concern. Walter Johnson, The New York Review of Books, "How Harvard Aims to Muzzle Unions," 27 Jan. 2020 Some had resorted to adding eligible-looking strangers on Facebook, a stratagem unheard-of before the war. Hwaida Saad,, "Finding freedom in a Syria of ever fewer men," 19 Jan. 2020 But this winter, the weather is so mild Moscow officials have resorted to bringing in fake snow to put its residents in a festive mood as Russians prepare to ring in the new year. NBC News, "Fake snow brought to Moscow during warmest December since 1886," 31 Dec. 2019 With call volume rising in recent years, hotline staff has resorted to taking more messages and is struggling to promptly respond to all reports. Elyssa Cherney,, "Fixing Illinois’ troubled child abuse hotline must be a top priority at DCFS, new report says," 21 Nov. 2019 Some, like 55-year-old Gertruida Buffel, have resorted to sharing their own food with their animals. Mogomotsi Magome,, "Southern Africa’s deadly drought leaving millions hungry," 21 Nov. 2019

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

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20 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Resort.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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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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