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[ri-zawrt] /rɪˈzɔrt/
verb (used without object)
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
1325-75; (v.) Middle English resorten < Old French resortir, equivalent to re- re- + sortir to go out, leave, escape, perhaps ultimately < Latin sortīrī to draw lots, though sense development unclear; (noun) Middle English < Old French ressort, derivative of ressortir
Related forms
preresort, verb (used without object)
Can be confused
re-sort, resort.


[ree-sawrt] /riˈsɔrt/
verb (used with object)
to sort or arrange (cards, papers, etc.) again.
1885-90; re- + sort
Can be confused
re-sort, resort. Unabridged
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  • But do you mean to tell me that an intelligent man must resort to such means to find peace with himself and his God?

    The Goose Man Jacob Wassermann
  • To find out what the effect is, we must resort to experiment.

    Aether and Gravitation William George Hooper
  • But in order to beat a man as white as your father I had to resort to a pretty poor weapon.

    Paul and the Printing Press Sara Ware Bassett
  • There is the tower, that was to be his study and library and place of resort generally.

    Floyd Grandon's Honor Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • Nor do I think it wise for you to resort to—to crude enforcements such as you now contemplate.

    Caravans By Night Harry Hervey
British Dictionary definitions for resort


verb (intransitive)
(usually foll by to) to have recourse (to) for help, use, etc: to resort to violence
to go, esp often or habitually; repair: to resort to the beach
a place to which many people go for recreation, rest, etc: a 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
Derived Forms
resorter, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French resortir to come out again, from re- + sortir to emerge


(transitive) to sort again
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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.

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