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 John Putnam Jackson bought Soda Springs in 1872 and developed it into a lavish resort. Kathleen Pender,, "Wine Country rarity: Vast southern Napa properties go on sale," 9 Nov. 2019 DIRECTOR Bekzat Pirmatov Arguably the weirdest of this year's entries, Pirmatov's postmodern fable is set over a single day in a sanatorium up in the mountains, a resort that stands in as a mirror for all of Kyrgyzstan. Tara Bitran, The Hollywood Reporter, "Oscars: A Guide to All 92 Foreign-Language Submissions," 7 Nov. 2019 That was an ironic twist of fate, since the expansion of ski resorts is one of the threats to the survival of the remaining 2,000-3,000 possums found on just a few Australian mountains today. Tim Vernimmen, National Geographic, "To save a species on the brink, look to where its ancestors thrived," 6 Nov. 2019 The destination, which is set to debut a handful of ultra-luxe new resorts by 2020, already has quite a few properties that takes uber luxe to the next level. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, "The Luxe Belize Getaway You And Your Girls Need Today," 5 Nov. 2019 Representatives of many ski resorts will also be on hand with deals on season passes and four-packs. Laura Daily And Bryan K. Chavez, The Know, "Free ice skating, a ski and snowboard swap and other free and cheap events this month in Denver," 5 Nov. 2019 The happy couple recently spent a babymoon at Ventana Big Sur, a five-star resort on the Pacific coast of California. Jen Juneau,, "Glam Mama-to-Be! Pregnant Ashley Graham Shows Off Her Baby Bump in Curve-Hugging Dress," 5 Nov. 2019 Tourist resorts in Mexico are often surrounded by poor, outlying communities. USA TODAY, "Visiting Cabo San Lucas? Be prepared to pay a $19 tourist tax starting Saturday," 4 Nov. 2019 First responders and resort employees said the fire started in the kitchen, according to WBRE. Theresa Waldrop, CNN, "Fire ravages historic Pocono resort," 2 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Frontal attacks on existing traditions run the risk of encouraging destructive Jacobins who, in this case, along with abolition of sati may resort to pulling down all Devi temples and abolishing the Bhagavad Gita. Jaithirth Rao, Quartz India, "Can Hindu conservatives make room for reform in religion?," 4 Nov. 2019 Some State Department officials have resorted to back channels to voice their complaints, congressional aides said. David E. Sanger, New York Times, "Pompeo Faces Political Peril and Diplomats’ Revolt in Impeachment Inquiry," 4 Nov. 2019 Fleming says this shows that work is being resorted. Wired, "AI May Not Kill Your Job—Just Change It," 31 Oct. 2019 Trump loyalists are instead mirroring the President's tactics by attacking the impeachment process itself, hitting out at Democrats, impugning the character of witnesses and resorting to conspiracy theories. CNN, "Can California's wildfires teach America a lesson? -- Meanwhile in America," 30 Oct. 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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13 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Resort.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 November 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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