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 Other green initiatives include an in-resort community garden and locally sourced ingredients used at the property’s restaurants. Nicola Fumo, Town & Country, "Why the Dominican Republic Is the Best Place to Relax and Unwind," 23 Nov. 2019 Throughout the last decade, snowboarders have accounted for more than 25 percent of visitors to mountain resorts in the United States. Eddie Pells, Anchorage Daily News, "Snowboarding visionary Jake Burton Carpenter dies at 65," 22 Nov. 2019 The actress arrived in a strapless tartan Thom Browne look from the designer's resort 2019 collection, a black leather jacket, and Nike's classic Cortez running shoes. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Kristen Stewart Rocked Nike Sneakers Underneath Her Red Carpet Dress," 21 Nov. 2019 The effect doesn’t have to arise from a resort’s signature scent. Michelle Lee, Allure, "The Beautiful and Nostalgic Power of Scent," 21 Nov. 2019 Southwest Pennsylvania’s Seven Springs and Hidden Valley ski resorts, both about three hours from Cleveland, will also open this weekend. Susan Glaser, cleveland, "Ohio’s Snow Trails, New York’s Holiday Valley to open this weekend for skiing," 20 Nov. 2019 Snow-making machines have been busy at both resorts. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Ready to ski? Arizona Snowbowl, Sunrise Park Resort plan to open this weekend," 20 Nov. 2019 In resorts and national parks, Dominica lives up to its Nature Island title. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "This Caribbean island is on track to become the world’s first 'hurricane-proof' country," 19 Nov. 2019 In all, Bridges staff isolated students 20 times. Seclusion is supposed to be rare, a last resort. Jennifer Smith Richards, ProPublica, "Journalism That Holds Power to Account," 19 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Teams lacking the likes of Saquon Barkley, Derrick Henry, Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson will have to resort to Plan B as the quartet of fantasy heavy hitters will be on byes. Brandon C. Williams, The Denver Post, "Fantasy football Week 11 starts and sits: Carson Wentz, Lamar Jackson, Josh Jacobs," 14 Nov. 2019 But Harbaugh didn’t have to resort to making exaggerated claims. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football's defense regrouped after Wisconsin loss, back to dominating," 2 Nov. 2019 For now, companies have been able to absorb profit margin pressures without having to resort to layoffs. Sven Henrich For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "Unemployment may be a near record low, but it's not all good news for workers," 1 Nov. 2019 Without those, winemakers have to resort to other measures. Esther Mobley,, "For California wineries during harvest, PG&E power outages could be disastrous," 24 Sep. 2019 Soroti Primate collision Murchison Falls National Park Having lost much of their forest habitat, chimps resort to raiding crops, sparking conflict. David Quammen, National Geographic, "‘I am scared all the time’: Chimps and people are clashing in rural Uganda," 8 Nov. 2019 Overall, crop burning remained a pollution factor, however, as some farmers appear to have resorted to burning cropland during other seasons. Washington Post, "The satellite images that help explain why Delhi’s air remains toxic and Beijing’s is getting better," 6 Nov. 2019 Even so, the shortage is depriving patients of crucial treatment, and some have resorted to desperate measures., "Most read on," 5 Nov. 2019 In the spirit of narrative economics, these beliefs are cyclical. Dollarization isn’t inherently good or bad, and nations resort to it for wildly different reasons. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Why the $100 Bill Is More Popular Than Ever," 5 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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27 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Resort.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 5 December 2019.

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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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