- to have recourse for use, help, or accomplishing something, often as a final available option or resource: to resort to war.
- to go, especially frequently or customarily: a beach to which many people resort.
- a place to which people frequently or generally go for relaxation or pleasure, especially one providing rest and recreation facilities for vacationers: a popular winter resort.
- habitual or general going, as to a place or person.
- use of or appeal to some person or thing for aid, satisfaction, service, etc.; resource: to have resort to force; a court of last resort.
- a person or thing resorted to for aid, satisfaction, service, etc.
Origin of resort
- to sort or arrange (cards, papers, etc.) again.
Origin of re-sort
Examples from the Web for resort
Winter Resort operators are harnessing an unlikely source to power their operations: the sun.Solar Powered Ski Lift
The Daily Beast
November 24, 2014
That left nuclear weapons as the only resort to stop a Soviet invasion.I Saw Nuclear Armageddon Sitting on My Desk
November 10, 2014
There are collections for Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter and Haute Couture and Resort.The Drama of Being a Model: Spike Jonze and Jonah Hill Land in Fashion Week
September 8, 2014
The fight took place in February at a resort casino in Atlantic City called Revel.Hey NFL Fans: Ray Rice Isn’t the Problem. You Are.
July 24, 2014
“The number of cases of women who resort to violence to be set free is an indication of the problem,” she says.Iran to Hang Abused Child Bride
June 20, 2014
They have been and are the chief criminals, and no camouflage to which they may resort will save them.Government by the Brewers?
When a people really means to do something, it must resort to democracy.The Call of the Twentieth Century
David Starr Jordan
To do this they have to resort to schemes which hide their identity.The Law-Breakers
When confirmed diseases occur, the only safe course is to resort to the most skilful medical assistance that can be obtained.
I would suggest your going to some resort, either in the mountains or at the seashore.Galusha the Magnificent
Joseph C. Lincoln
- (usually foll by to) to have recourse (to) for help, use, etcto resort to violence
- to go, esp often or habitually; repairto resort to the beach
- a place to which many people go for recreation, rest, etca holiday resort
- the use of something as a means, help, or recourse
- the act of going to a place, esp for recreation, rest, etc
- last resort the last possible course of action open to one
- (tr) to sort again
Word Origin and History for resort
late 14c., "that to which one has recourse for aid or assistance," from Old French resort "resource, a help, an aid, a remedy," back-formation from resortir "to resort," literally "to go out again," from re- "again" (see re-) + sortir "go out" (see sortie). Meaning "place people go for recreation" is first recorded 1754. Phrase in the last resort (1670s) translates French en dernier ressort, originally of legal appeals.
c.1400, "issue; come out again;" mid-15c., "to go to (someone) for aid," from Old French resortir, from resort (see resort (n.)). Related: Resorted; resorting.
Idioms and Phrases with resort
see last resort.