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 Nation/World HONOLULU — After guests checked out of a corner room at the Hilton Hawaiian Village resort on Waikiki beach, housekeeper Luz Espejo collected enough trash, some strewn under beds, to stuff seven large garbage bags. Jennifer Sinco Kelleher And Anita Snow, Anchorage Daily News, 26 May 2022 As Fox news reported the tourists were found dead earlier this month at the all-inclusive resort. Amy Mcgorry, Fox News, 25 May 2022 Testifying remotely from London, Moss challenged Heard’s third-party account of the incident at the GoldenEye resort in Jamaica. Winston Cho, The Hollywood Reporter, 25 May 2022 John Kerry, President Biden’s special climate envoy, and a group of billionaire corporate titans — including Bill Gates, the cofounder of Microsoft, and Marc Benioff, the CEO of Salesforce — are gathering at a Swiss Alps resort for the forum. Lisa Friedman,, 25 May 2022 As for the big day on May 21, it was held at the Silversands Grenada resort and was attended by everyone from Yvonne Orji and Kellee Stewart to Dewanda Wise and husband, fellow actor Alano Miller, and many more. Victoria Uwumarogie, Essence, 23 May 2022 For half a century, the global organization held the event at this popular ski resort in January. Ellen Gamerman, WSJ, 22 May 2022 Firefighting efforts continued Sunday morning as firefighters worked to extinguish a blaze at a vacant former resort in St. Charles, which began Saturday afternoon. Tatyana Turner, Chicago Tribune, 22 May 2022 Framed as a look back at a father-daughter holiday at a Turkish resort in the late 1990s, with occasional mini DV footage adding to the period texture, the film is an ode to nostalgia with hints of something far darker. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 20 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This shortage had led the Russians to resort to other inefficient weapons systems that are less precise but can still cause major damage, according to Britain’s Defense Ministry. New York Times, 11 June 2022 Analysts say that at times of crisis, the president tends to resort to populist moves to deflect attention from problems at home. Mohammed Abdelbary, CNN, 3 June 2022 The government will have to resort to borrowing to fill the gap. Mimansa Verma, Quartz, 13 May 2022 Some people have surgery to reduce their tongue size and create space in the airway, but Dougherty didn’t want to resort to that for Elliot. Theresa Gaffney, STAT, 24 Apr. 2022 Walter said the willingness to resort to violence (and even turn against your own children) is symptomatic of a new extremism in America that believes modern society is irredeemable and its end must be hastened. Steven P. Dinkin, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Apr. 2022 Rational, market-following CEOs having thus gotten away from them, these Republicans have to resort to government power instead. Robert Schlesinger, The New Republic, 22 Apr. 2022 The pandemic erupted in the country in March 2020, just ahead of Easter, forcing many churches to resort to online or televised worship. Steve Leblanc,, 17 Apr. 2022 The pandemic erupted in the country in March 2020, just ahead of Easter, forcing many churches to resort to online or televised worship. Anchorage Daily News, 17 Apr. 2022 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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“Resort.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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More Definitions for resort


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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