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

Jaws’ This huge, hungry, ticked-off shark terrorizes a New England resort island in the 1975 movie that launched Steven Spielberg into the stratosphere and kept a whole generation out of the water. Chris Kaltenbach,, "July 4th and more: the best of Baltimore's arts and entertainment scene this week," 1 July 2018 Beaver Lodge is one of the most unique accommodations at Winvian Farm and its interior design conveys a rustic New England trapper’s cottage infused with the luxe amenities expected at a world-class resort. Hannah Seligson, Town & Country, "The Best Room At... Winvian Farm," 19 Feb. 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Some residents in southern California who've had enough of the electric scooter craze are reportedly resorting to vandalism in an effort to vent their frustrations. Fox News, "Southern Californians are tossing electric scooters into ocean, burning them: report," 13 Aug. 2018 Days after a study estimated Hurricane Maria’s death toll was 70 times bigger than Puerto Rico's official estimate, groups are resorting to the courts in an attempt to access crucial data from the island's government agencies. Nicole Acevedo /, NBC News, "Puerto Rico faces lawsuits over hurricane death count data," 1 June 2018 Unless the authorities move more quickly to stop the raids and prosecute those responsible, local communities will resort to arms, according to Osai Ojigho, director of Amnesty International Nigeria. Dulue Mbachu,, "Qaddafi Regime's Legacy Fuels Violence in West Africa," 23 May 2018 Regarding the other social media platforms—Instagram and Facebook—only resort to these avenues if the person is not on LinkedIn or seems inactive there. Liz Bentley, Marie Claire, "My Boss Follows Me on Instagram — What Do I Do?," 1 Apr. 2019 Finance executives could resort to selling commercial paper or other short-term financial instruments to meet their funding requirements. Nina Trentmann, WSJ, "Slow Switch to New Rates Leaves European Companies Playing Catch-Up," 16 Feb. 2019 Amid the disturbances, Jayasuriya resorted to voice votes. Bharatha Mallawarachi, The Seattle Times, "Sri Lanka lawmakers linked to disputed PM boycott Parliament," 27 Nov. 2018 In the desperate conditions of Puerto Rico, FEMA resorted to giving staff members what could be described as battlefield promotions. Arelis R. Hernandez And Joel Achenbach,, "Failure of imagination hindered federal response to hurricanes that devastated Puerto Rico," 14 July 2018 Opponents of the schools amendment resorted to the courts, of course, and won. Longreads, "Oregon’s Racist Past," 12 July 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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