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verb (used with object)
  1. to sort or arrange (cards, papers, etc.) again.
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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.
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  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.
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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
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Related Words for resorting

repair, use, run, recur, devote, try, visit, haunt, direct, utilize, employ, turn, frequent, affect, address, go, apply, exercise

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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
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  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
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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 resorting



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.

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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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Idioms and Phrases with resorting


see last resort.

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