Definitions for resortrɪˈzɔrt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to have recourse for use, help, or accomplishing something, often as a final option:

    to resort to war.

  2. to go, esp. frequently or customarily:

    a beach to which many people resort.

  3. (n.)a place with facilities for vacationers.

  4. habitual or general going, as to a place or person.

  5. recourse; resource:

    a court of last resort.

  6. a person or thing resorted to for aid, satisfaction, service, etc.

Origin of resort:

1325–75; ME < OF resortir=re-re - +sortir to go out

Princeton's WordNet

  1. resort, resort hotel, holiday resort(noun)

    a hotel located in a resort area

  2. haunt, hangout, resort, repair, stamping ground(noun)

    a frequently visited place

  3. recourse, refuge, resort(noun)

    something or someone turned to for assistance or security

    "his only recourse was the police"; "took refuge in lying"

  4. recourse, resort, refuge(verb)

    act of turning to for assistance

    "have recourse to the courts"; "an appeal to his uncle was his last resort"

  5. fall back, resort, recur(verb)

    have recourse to

    "The government resorted to rationing meat"

  6. repair, resort(verb)

    move, travel, or proceed toward some place

    "He repaired to his cabin in the woods"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. resort(noun)ɪˈzɔrt

    a popular vacation destination

    a ski/beach resort

  2. resortɪˈzɔrt

    the last thing you will do after trying everything else

    I would only borrow money as a last resort.

  3. resort(verb)ɪˈzɔrt

    to choose to do sth unpleasant to deal with a problem

    He would never resort to violence.


  1. resort(Noun)

    an act of resorting

  2. resort(Verb)

    to repeat a sorting process, see sort

Webster Dictionary

  1. Resort(noun)

    active power or movement; spring

  2. Resort(verb)

    to go; to repair; to betake one's self

  3. Resort(verb)

    to fall back; to revert

  4. Resort(verb)

    to have recourse; to apply; to one's self for help, relief, or advantage

  5. Resort

    the act of going to, or making application; a betaking one's self; the act of visiting or seeking; recourse; as, a place of popular resort; -- often figuratively; as, to have resort to force

  6. Resort

    a place to which one betakes himself habitually; a place of frequent assembly; a haunt

  7. Resort

    that to which one resorts or looks for help; resource; refuge


  1. Resort

    A resort is a place used for relaxation or recreation, attracting visitors for vacations and/or tourism. Resorts are places, towns or sometimes commercial establishment operated by a single company. Towns which are resorts — or where tourism or vacationing is a major part of the local activity — are sometimes called resort towns. If they are by the sea they are called seaside resorts. Inland resorts include ski resorts, mountain resorts and spa towns. Towns such as Sochi in Russia, Sharm el Sheikh in Egypt, Barizo in Spain, Cortina d'Ampezzo in Italy, Druskininkai in Lithuania, Cancún in Mexico, Newport, Rhode Island, in the USA, Ischgl in Austria, St. Moritz in Switzerland, Blackpool in England and Malam Jabba in Pakistan are well-known resorts. In North American English, the term "resort" is now also used for a self-contained commercial establishment which attempts to provide for most of a vacationer's wants while remaining on the premises, such as food, drink, lodging, sports, entertainment, and shopping. The term may be used to identify a hotel property that provides an array of amenities and typically includes entertainment and recreational activities. A hotel is frequently a central feature of a resort, such as the Grand Hotel at Mackinac Island, Michigan. A resort is not always a commercial establishment operated by a single company, although in the late twentieth century this sort of facility became more common.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    (SUMMER) A place where the tired grow more tired. From Eng. _rest_, and Grk. _orizo_, to limit. A place where rest is limited.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'resort' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4735

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'resort' in Nouns Frequency: #1656

Translations for resort

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a place visited by many people (especially for holidays)

Brighton is a popular (holiday) resort.

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