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Origin of re-sort

First recorded in 1885–90; re- + sort
Can be confusedre-sort resort


verb (used without object)
  1. to have recourse for use, help, or accomplishing something, often as a final available option or resource: to resort to war.
  2. to go, especially frequently or customarily: a beach to which many people resort.
  1. 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.
  2. habitual or general going, as to a place or person.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 formspre·re·sort, verb (used without object)
Can be confusedre-sort resort Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for resorted

Contemporary Examples of resorted

Historical Examples of resorted

  • Finding his struggles useless, he resorted to expostulation.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • He resorted to familiar artifices for entangling one questioned.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • Even falsehood has been resorted to in order to separate us!

    The Dream

    Emile Zola

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for resorted


verb (intr)
  1. (usually foll by to) to have recourse (to) for help, use, etcto resort to violence
  2. to go, esp often or habitually; repairto resort to the beach
  1. a place to which many people go for recreation, rest, etca holiday resort
  2. the use of something as a means, help, or recourse
  3. the act of going to a place, esp for recreation, rest, etc
  4. 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


  1. (tr) to sort again
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with resorted


see last resort.

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