- to sort or arrange (cards, papers, etc.) again.
Origin of re-sort
- 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
Examples from the Web for resorted
Why had teachers at Jamaica High School resorted to overusing 911 for common classroom disruptions?Red Tape Is Strangling Good Samaritans
Philip K. Howard
December 27, 2014
The document said Wright was condescending and had “resorted to name-calling,” though no examples were offered.Two Texas Regulators Tried to Enforce the Rules. They Were Fired.
David Hasemyer, InsideClimate News
December 9, 2014
Many have been victims of crime but they have not resorted to sleeping with firearms under their pillows.Will Oscar Pistorius Still Get Jail Time?
September 12, 2014
So, miserably, he resorted to the autocue, and even this he turned into a disaster.Justin Bieber's Abs Cannot Save Him
September 10, 2014
[Laughs] Brienne resorted to the same technique—or lack thereof—with Jaime on the bridge.Game of Thrones’ Gwendoline Christie on Brienne of Tarth’s Epic S4 Finale Showdown with The Hound
June 16, 2014
Finding his struggles useless, he resorted to expostulation.Brave and Bold
He resorted to familiar artifices for entangling one questioned.Within the Law
Even falsehood has been resorted to in order to separate us!The Dream
You will listen at night whether our garden is not resorted to by cats.The Black Tulip
Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
As it was too small for his naked eyes, he resorted to the binoculars once more.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
- (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 resorted
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 resorted
see last resort.