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 Also, this year, the village hold a raffle for a theater experience, the release states, which will include a overnight stay at the Lincolnshire Marriott Resort, two tickets to a live theater performance and a discount on purchases at the resort. Pioneer Press Staff,, 12 Oct. 2021 His fifth yacht, Boardwalk dwarfs the other ships docked at the Atlantis resort at Paradise Island, Bahamas. Christopher Helman, Forbes, 11 Oct. 2021 Luckily, a former employee of Tranquillum is headed to alert the police about the wrong doings at the resort. Chaise Sanders, Country Living, 8 Oct. 2021 Wine Bar George is a standout dining experience at a resort filled with over-the-top restaurants and themed eateries. Elizabeth Rhodes, Travel + Leisure, 8 Oct. 2021 Brody Olive, the executive chef at Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach, uses Monroe Sausage and Monroe Bacon in several dishes at the resort’s Latitudes 30 restaurant, including the chicken-and-sausage gumbo and the breakfast BLT. Bob Carlton |, al, 6 Oct. 2021 Virginia Beach police claim officers were responding to gunfire at a resort, and Lynch brandished a weapon at them. Jordan Moreau, Variety, 6 Oct. 2021 In summer 2019, Brown charged at least $2,390 to his card for a trip to Cancun, Mexico, including a $1,339 stay at the Westin Lagunamar resort. Austin Horn, The Courier-Journal, 5 Oct. 2021 The singer opened up about her and her kids' favorite rides at the Orlando resort. Mackenzie Schmidt,, 4 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The post was later used as evidence in his second impeachment trial arising from the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, when Democrats argued that the I-35 incident proved the former president knew his backers would resort to violence. Cayla Harris, San Antonio Express-News, 24 June 2021 In an interview with Chris Dorr a week before the 2020 election, Greene said that if Trump lost, his supporters might resort to violence. Isaac Arnsdorf, ProPublica, 21 May 2021 In an Instagram Live that was screen-recorded by the meme page @officialcamgirlmemes, Keiser appeared to be encouraging his followers to resort to unethical means to procure personal information about dancers. Ej Dickson, Rolling Stone, 16 Sep. 2021 Fortunately, the country doesn’t need to resort to armchair theorizing and complicated economic models to figure out if that’s true. Ross Marchand, National Review, 25 Aug. 2021 That, in turn, led more of those who suffer chronic pain to resort to heroin and fentanyl, and to more deadly overdoses, according to groups like Don't Punish Pain. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 14 Aug. 2021 Governments haven’t needed to resort to coercion, though some have tried to prod people with financial incentives. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 15 July 2021 The response of colleges and universities to quickly resort to technology was nothing short of heroic — and after the rapid changes over the last year, many students and their families are left wondering what the future holds for higher education. David Buice, Dallas News, 15 July 2021 Obviously, customers more often than not resort to calling centers, in the hope of speaking with a human representative to solve difficult problems that affect them the most and that can cause them the greatest damage. Yec, Forbes, 17 Sep. 2021

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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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16 Oct 2021

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“Resort.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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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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