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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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

To treat his schizoaffective disorder, he was prescribed clozapine, an antipsychotic medication viewed as a last resort for individuals suffering from symptoms of the disorder. Sydney Czyzon, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mental health advocate sues county, says it failed to provide mental illness medication to her son in jail," 3 July 2019 Located in southwestern Colorado’s San Juan Mountains, this historic gold rush town turned world-class ski resort goes all out for Independence Day with F-16 flyovers, fireworks, and a quirky Main Street parade. National Geographic, "Here’s where to spend an unforgettable 4th of July," 1 July 2019 Banks usually benefit from central banks acting as lenders of last resort if large numbers of depositors suddenly demand their money back. The Economist, "Another European fund manager runs into concerns over liquidity," 28 June 2019 Also, living in Silverthorne provides a short route to seven world-class ski resorts: Keystone, Breckenridge, Vail, Beaver Creek, Copper, Arapahoe Basin and Loveland. Kelli Williams, The Denver Post, "Live in the heart of Silverthorne along the banks of the Blue River at the new River West development," 27 June 2019 The Alpine ski resort Cortina hosted the Winter Games in 1956. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "The 2026 Olympics are going to Italy," 24 June 2019 Italy will get a third Winter Games, after Turin hosted in 2006 and ski resort Cortina staged in 1956. Graham Dunbar, Anchorage Daily News, "Italy to host 2026 Winter Olympics," 24 June 2019 In the network's Welcome to Christmas, which is based on The Trouble With Christmas by Debbie Mason, a real estate developer heads to the fictional small town of Christmas, Colorado, to find the perfect spot for a new ski resort. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Hallmark's 'Welcome to Christmas' Movie Was Filmed in a Real-Life Winter Wonderland," 9 Dec. 2018 Eleven Experience’s Sophomore Alpine Retreat The farming village of Le Miroir welcomes the six-suite Chalet Hibou, which brings Eleven Experience’s expertise in immersive adventure to a spot within schussing distance of seven ski resorts. Andrew Sessa, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Biggest Ski News in Europe This Season," 6 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Eskamani said Irby should not have had to resort to getting her husband’s guns herself. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Florida woman jailed for taking and turning in her abuser’s guns," 25 June 2019 Rodriguez will most likely have to resort to running around the block. Kimberly Mitchell, The Mercury News, "Community members mourn loss of historic San Jose State track," 20 June 2019 Without that, poll workers may have to resort to manually checking the ID against paper rolls, creating long lines, Peters said. Mike Schneider,, "Get ready for 2020 presidential election recount, Democrats in Orlando told," 7 June 2019 Multiple victims often go unreported and those who do file complaints endure months of trauma, often resorting to extreme steps. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "A dramatic suicide threat puts the spotlight on the deeply disturbed Indian employee," 4 June 2019 May’s department often resorts to using less potent medication, such as morphine during a fentanyl shortage. Brian Krans, Fox News, "Drug shortages in ER are more common than you think," 22 July 2018 During the campaign, Trump often resorted to the tactic of falsely accusing his opponents of things he had been criticized for doing. Jonathan Lemire And Jill Colvin,, "In combative start to NATO visit, Trump claims Germany 'totally controlled' by Russia," 11 July 2018 Hollywood has rarely been kind to its Latinx storylines, often resorting to tired tropes and white-washed casting. Ella Cerón, Teen Vogue, "Mark Consuelos on Working With Camila Mendes and KJ Apa, and Playing the Ultimate "Riverdale" Bad Guy," 16 May 2018 The state’s 2011 casino law mandates resort casinos turn over 25 percent of gross gaming revenue. Joshua Miller,, "Roulette wheels? Check. Dice? Check. Encore casino poised to clear final inspection," 9 June 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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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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