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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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

Back in April 2018, the Daily Mail reported that Richard Branson may have offered Eugenie and Jack a honeymoon option at his resort on Necker Island in the Caribbean. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's Honeymoon Destination Might Be the Place They First Met," 3 Oct. 2018 The president will spend the weekend at his Turnberry golf resort in Scotland before flying to Helsinki Monday for the Putin summit. John Fritze, USA TODAY, "Trump's bombshell interview with UK tabloid threatens to overshadow visit to Britain," 13 July 2018 The president has repeatedly described his resort to tariffs, which are paid by American importers, as a lever to extract negotiating concessions from U.S. trading partners. Danielle Paquette,, "U.S. proposes tariffs on $200 billion more in Chinese imports," 11 July 2018 Somebody who wants to own their own private luxury resort in a very rapidly growing area. S.m. Chavey, San Antonio Express-News, "West Texas ghost town hits the market," 5 July 2018 Beaver Creek, located 90 miles west of Denver, is the creme de la creme of resorts. Discover Magazine, "Be In the Moments, In the Mountains, Together," 22 June 2018 Many labels opt to make their resort show a destination — which generally means traveling to beautiful chateaus and the occasional graveyard in the south of France. The Cut, "Max Mara Brought Their Resort Show Back Home," 5 June 2018 Consequently, our resorts have sought and hired international workers through federal visa programs. Rob Katz, Outside Online, "Op-Ed: Ski Resorts Rely on Smart Immigration Reform," 31 May 2018 The newspaper reported Tuesday that when Sessions flew down to Florida to have dinner with the President at his Mar-a-Lago resort in March 2017, Trump berated Sessions about his decision and asked him to rescind it, a request Sessions declined. Aileen Graef, CNN, "NYT: Mueller probing Trump's request that Sessions rescind his recusal from Russia investigation," 29 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

This is something Democrats can and should resist — there are a number of different tactics for doing so — without resorting to anti-democratic moves themselves. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "New Jersey Democrats have a new gerrymandering plan. It is indefensible — and national Democrats need to stop it.," 14 Dec. 2018 Mexican authorities said that federal police officers had no weapons and kept the crowd at bay without resorting to violence. Ryan Dube, WSJ, "Mexico Beefs Up Its Southern Border to Face Raft of Migrants," 29 Oct. 2018 His third cause, a commitment to improving the lives of African-Americans without resorting to violence, seemed equally shaky in 1968. The Economist, "A different dream," 5 July 2018 Somehow all these women made summer glamour look easy without ever resorting to the tired tropes of festival girl and Palm Beach princess. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "10 Best Dressed: Week of June 18, 2018," 18 June 2018 For many years, researchers have tried to find ways to shrink the enlarged, overinflated lungs of advanced emphysema patients without resorting to high-risk surgery. Marie Mccullough,, "Temple-led study of lung-shrinking valves offers new hope for advanced emphysema," 22 May 2018 That Kind of Mother’s greatest triumph is its insistence on complicating the rescue narrative of transracial adoption without resorting to dogmatic indictments of its characters. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Rumaan Alam Ponders the Limits of Parental Love," 15 May 2018 In that case, local officials were able to work out the problems without resorting to new rules. Craig Pittman, miamiherald, "Does new law restrict public access to Florida’s beaches? Not exactly. | Miami Herald," 6 Apr. 2018 Namely: making the mobile web suck a little bit less without resorting to a centralized gatekeeper. Dieter Bohn, The Verge, "Google is giving up some control of the AMP format," 18 Sep. 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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