[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. resorcinol,
  2. resorcinolphthalein,
  3. resorption,
  4. resorption lacuna,
  5. resorptive,
  6. resorter,
  7. resound,
  8. resounding,
  9. resource,
  10. resourceful

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 formspre·re·sort, verb (used without object)

Can be confusedre-sort resort


[ ree-sawrt ]
/ riˈsɔrt /

verb (used with object)

to sort or arrange (cards, papers, etc.) again.

Origin of re-sort

First recorded in 1885–90; re- + sort

Can be confusedre-sort resort Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for resort

British Dictionary definitions for resort


/ (rɪˈzɔːt) /

verb (intr)

(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
Derived Formsresorter, noun

Word Origin for resort

C14: from Old French resortir to come out again, from re- + sortir to emerge


/ (riːˈsɔːt) /


(tr) to sort again
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Word Origin and History for resort
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with resort


see last resort.

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