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

Meantime, the World Economic Forum, which runs the eponymous event in the Swiss resort of Davos each year, formally objected to the gathering’s nickname, Davos in the Desert. Nicolas Parasie, WSJ, "‘Everybody Is Talking About’ Khashoggi at Saudi Conference," 23 Oct. 2018 Together, these projects mark the most significant expansion for the resort over the last twenty years, Walt Disney World Resort President George A. Kalogridis says. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Disney's Launching A New, Nature-Inspired Resort," 19 Oct. 2018 Brooksbank and Princess Eugenie first met while vacationing in Switzerland, at the Swiss ski resort of Verbier. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "What Is Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's Combined Net Worth?," 5 Oct. 2018 Dan Schmidt is a design director at the Great Wolf Lodge resort chain who knows how to renovate the surplus space in his home. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Dad Builds Incredible Replica of Disney's Haunted Mansion Ride in His Garage," 4 Oct. 2018 Beyond wearing them to work on a daily basis, pimple patches have accompanied me to a Korean spa, backstage at New York Fashion Week, and to a bougie beachside resort. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Pimple Patching in Public: Why I Love Wearing Acne Treatments Where Everyone Can See Them," 26 Sep. 2018 John Cooper, 69, and his wife Susan, 63, were found dead while on vacation at the Steigenberger Aqua Magic Hotel in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Hurghada. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "E. coli killed British couple found dead in Egypt hotel, officials say," 12 Sep. 2018 The story follows the unconventional Charlotte Heywood and her relationship with Sidney Parker during a stay at the would-be coastal resort of Sanditon. Matthew Gilbert,, "Austen’s ‘Sanditon’ is coming to PBS," 11 July 2018 The hurricane should weaken to a tropical storm before approaching the resorts of the southern Baja California peninsula. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Category 3 Hurricane Bud expected to weaken before hitting Mexico," 12 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Although the hotel is in the same building as the rest of the Park MGM resort complex, it’s filled with offerings that differentiate the space from your typical Vegas experience. Andrea Whittle, Condé Nast Traveler, "The New NoMad Las Vegas Breaks the Strip Stereotype," 9 Oct. 2018 Almora said after resorting to a head-first slide before Knapp was found to have violated the home plate collision rules. Mark Gonzales,, "Despite winning interference appeal, Cubs want rules defined better," 7 June 2018 To remove the algae, some authorities have resorted to using dump trucks. Jacob Sweet, miamiherald, "Lots of sun, and brown slimy seaweed, in the forecast for South Florida beaches," 3 July 2018 Officials have even resorted to phoning season-ticket holders personally. Chris Kaltenbach,, "Amid attendance woes, Orioles and Ravens aggressively court fans," 25 June 2018 The endless grind of hauling tiny humans who require twice their weight in gear is why many parents eventually resort to buying cars. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "Scooters could solve a big urban mobility issue—if startups listen," 3 May 2018 Hankins’ family used to find empty food and candy wrappers in her room and resorted to locking the refrigerator. Amanda Macmillan,, "What Is Prader-Willi Syndrome? This 380-Pound Pageant Queen Has a Condition That Makes Her Hungry All the Time," 27 Mar. 2018 Many residents have resorted to driving to nearby Birch Run for fast food. Marc Daalder, Detroit Free Press, "Bavarian-themed Frankenmuth is getting a Taco Bell," 28 June 2018 Trump’s various mouthpieces have resorted to exactly that formula, when asked difficult or obvious questions that assume a reality different from Trump’s. Andrew Sullivan, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Is Making Us All Live in His Delusional Reality Show," 15 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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