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

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 Crews were mostly concerned about the potential for the massive fire to spread farther north toward small villages in the Rincon Mountains and rural towns that include the skiing and outdoor resort communities of Angel Fire and Taos. Susan Montoya Bryan, ajc, 11 May 2022 Right on the cusp of Aspen Mountain is the luxurious and sprawling St. Regis resort which, in the summer, has the best pool in town. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 11 May 2022 The three Americans who got sick and died at a Sandals resort in The Bahamas had been treated for symptoms at a hospital the night before, according to Bahamas police. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 10 May 2022 Three Americans died of unknown causes at a Sandals resort on the Bahamas’ Great Exuma island Friday. Alexandra Meeks, CNN, 10 May 2022 All three Americans who became ill and died at a Sandals resort in the Bahamas had sought hospital treatment the night before, Bahamas authorities said Monday. al, 10 May 2022 As the white hotel magnate Margot works for threatens to displace their home with a new resort, their ability to find other options is limited. Heather Hansman, The Atlantic, 10 May 2022 Officials have identified the three Americans who were mysteriously found dead at a Sandals resort in the Bahamas on Friday. Maria Pasquini,, 9 May 2022 Gull Lake View is billed as a blue collar golf resort for average golfers, mainly because of its moderate pricing — green fees are always less than $100. Scott Kramer, Forbes, 8 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Culture, for Gramsci, was the thick web of social associations and habits of thought that, among other things, allowed the capitalist class to rule without having constantly to resort to violence. Thomas Meaney, The New Republic, 30 Mar. 2022 Pawlowski explicitly told the truckers twice not to resort to violence during their protests, according to video of his remarks. Jon Brown, Fox News, 15 Feb. 2022 Around the capital, Kyiv, and other areas, Ukrainian defenders have fought Moscow’s ground troops to a near-stalemate, raising fears that a frustrated Russian President Vladimir Putin will resort to chemical, biological or nuclear weapons. Nebi Qena, Cara Anna, Anchorage Daily News, 25 Mar. 2022 Around the capital, Kyiv, and other areas, Ukrainian defenders appear to have fought Moscow’s ground troops to a stalemate, raising fears that a frustrated Russian President Vladimir Putin will resort to chemical, biological or nuclear weapons., 24 Mar. 2022 Western officials are also increasingly worried that Moscow will resort to deploying chemical, biological or nuclear weapons after struggling to make headway in the war. Alan Cullison And Alexander Osipovich, WSJ, 11 Mar. 2022 For that reason alone, paired with the unfortunately increasing likelihood that Putin will resort to heavy-handed and wholesale violence in Ukraine, a large volume of arrivals seems decently probable. Felipe De La Hoz, The New Republic, 8 Mar. 2022 Payers in both the commercial and public spaces will increasingly resort to utilizing clinical- and cost-effectiveness to determine pricing and reimbursement of prescription drugs. Joshua Cohen, Forbes, 2 Jan. 2022 But many Afghans don’t trust those promises, fearing the Taliban will quickly resort to the brutal tactics of their 1996-2001 rule, including barring girls and women from schools and jobs. NBC News, 1 Sep. 2021 See More

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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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13 May 2022

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“Resort.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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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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