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

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 The sprawling, 70-acre resort sits on Bald Head Cliff, a brisk walk from Ogunquit. Pamela Wright,, "Not looking for romance? Check in here," 20 Jan. 2021 The resort, in Girdwood, reported by 8:45 a.m. that there had been about 9 inches of new snow in the last 24 hours. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, "Ski areas close Monday as heavy winds and rain move into Southcentral Alaska," 18 Jan. 2021 The amenity center features indoor lounges and outdoor verandas, a 2,500-square-foot fitness center, a junior Olympic pool, a resort pool and a tot pool with waterfalls. Mustang Lakes, Dallas News, "Award-winning community doubles sales in 2020," 17 Jan. 2021 However, after sharing images of their trip on social media, the women were inundated by requests from friends asking for ski trip tips and resort recommendations. Mazuba Kapambwe, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Mount Noire Is Working to Make Ski Slopes More Inclusive," 15 Jan. 2021 In a heavily Hispanic ZIP code encompassing much of Doral, where President Donald Trump owns a golf resort, about one in seven people tested were infected, twice the state average of one in 14 at the time. Chris Persaud, USA TODAY, "Florida coronavirus rates twice as high in black, Hispanic areas, internal state data shows," 15 Jan. 2021 Plus, there’s no need to go to a traditional ski resort and pony up for an expensive trails pass. Washington Post, "He escaped the cacophony by strapping on snowshoes and slipping into the Great North Woods," 15 Jan. 2021 Namely, that a decision to halt play for a second consecutive season was to be treated as a there-are-literally-no-other-options last resort. Eric Walden, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Eric Walden: Is it time for the NBA to hit the pause button on this season?," 15 Jan. 2021 On the other hand, Fisher said, a number of resort owners see value in Minnesota's native eelpout population as a winter sporting opportunity. Tony Kennedy, Star Tribune, "Harvest season possible for eelpout, a fish on the rise," 14 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Her family has said police did not have to resort to violence, arguing that Carey - who was unarmed and had no criminal record - panicked while driving on unfamiliar streets. Anchorage Daily News, "With big budget but little accountability, siege raises questions for long-troubled Capitol Police," 12 Jan. 2021 At the beginning of the pandemic, people with coronavirus symptoms had to resort to antibody tests to try to figure out if they were infected, Gronvall says. Tara Santora, Popular Science, "The state of COVID-19 testing in the US," 8 Jan. 2021 Some people resort to staying inside as much as possible during the summer months, but that can be difficult when social pressure to have fun in the sun is so incredibly high. National Geographic, "Why seasonal depression can happen in the summer too," 26 Aug. 2020 North Shore Winery sits down Ski Hill Road from the Lutsen Mountains resort. Fortune, "Sales are up for the ski and snowboard industry despite COVID lockdowns," 16 Dec. 2020 Grand prize is a two-night stay at the San Diego Country Estates resort in Ramona. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, "South/East County Happenings, Nov. 19," 19 Nov. 2020 Last year, that program was limited to canyon residents and resort employees. Lee Davidson, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Officials warn they will close Big and Little Cottonwood canyons this ski season when parking is full," 16 Nov. 2020 Muhammad Malik, 26, a corporate attorney, and his 29-year-old wife, Dr. Noor Shah, a surgeon, were swimming in chest-high waters at a Turks and Caicos resort on Oct. 28 when they were overcome by strong riptides, the New York Post reported. Fox News, "Atlanta school principal and college professor wife drown on Puerto Rico vacation," 14 Nov. 2020 Judging for the wine contest was held at Mountain Shadows resort in Paradise Valley on Nov. 2. Richard Ruelas, The Arizona Republic, "Best Arizona wines: These are the 2020 azcentral Arizona Wine Competition winners," 12 Nov. 2020

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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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Last Updated

25 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Resort.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce re-sort (audio)

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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