What does resort mean?

Definitions for resort

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word resort.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. resort, resort hotel, holiday resortnoun

    a hotel located in a resort area

  2. haunt, hangout, resort, repair, stamping groundnoun

    a frequently visited place

  3. recourse, refuge, resortnoun

    something or someone turned to for assistance or security

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

  4. recourse, resort, refugeverb

    act of turning to for assistance

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

  5. fall back, resort, recurverb

    have recourse to

    "The government resorted to rationing meat"

  6. repair, resortverb

    move, travel, or proceed toward some place

    "He repaired to his cabin in the woods"


  1. resortnoun

    an act of resorting

  2. resortverb

    to repeat a sorting process, see sort

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Resortnoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    Unknown, unquestion’d in that thick resort. Dryden.

    The like places of resort are frequented by men out of place. Jonathan Swift, Miscellanies.

    Join with me to forbid him her resort. William Shakespeare.

    Some know the resorts and falls of business, that cannot sink into the main of it. Francis Bacon, Essays.

    In fortune’s empire blindly thus we go,
    We wander after pathless destiny,
    Whose dark resorts since prudence cannot know,
    In vain it would provide for what shall be. Dryden.

  2. To Resortverb

    Etymology: ressortir, Fr.

    The king thought it time to resort to other counsels, and to provide force to chastise them, who had so much despised all his gentler remedies. Edward Hyde, b. ii.

    Thither shall all the valiant youth resort,
    And from his memory inflame their breasts
    To matchless valour. John Milton, Agonistes.

    Hither the heroes and the nymphs resort. Alexander Pope.

    The sons of light
    Hasted, resorting to the summons high. John Milton.

    To Argos’ realms the victor god resorts,
    And enters cold Crotopus’ humble courts. Alexander Pope.

    The inheritance of the son never resorted to the mother or to any of her ancestors, but both were totally excluded from the succession. Matthew Hale, Law of England.


  1. Resort

    A resort (North American English) is a self-contained commercial establishment that tries to provide most of a vacationer's wants, such as food, drink, swimming, lodging, sports, entertainment, and shopping, on the premises. The term resort may be used for a hotel property that provides an array of amenities, typically including entertainment and recreational activities. A hotel is frequently a central feature of a resort, such as the Grand Hotel at Mackinac Island, Michigan. Some resorts are also condominium complexes that are timeshares or owned fractionally or wholly owned condominium. A resort is not always a commercial establishment operated by a single company, but in the late 20th century, that sort of facility became more common. In British English, "resort" means a town which people visit for holidays and days out which usually contains hotels at which such holidaymakers stay. Examples would include Blackpool and Brighton.


  1. resort

    A resort is a place, typically located in desirable or scenic locations, that offers various amenities, facilities, and services to provide recreation, relaxation, and entertainment to its guests. Resorts are often destination spots where individuals or couples go for vacations, honeymoons, or to participate in recreational activities such as swimming, skiing, golfing, or spa treatments.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Resortnoun

    active power or movement; spring

  2. Resortverb

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

  3. Resortverb

    to fall back; to revert

  4. Resortverb

    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

  8. Etymology: [OF. resortir to withdraw, take refuge, F. ressortir to be in the jurisdiction, LL. resortire; pref. re- re- + L. sortiri to draw lots, obtain by lot, from sors lot. See Sort. The meaning is first to reobtain (by lot), then to gain by appeal to a higher court (as a law term), to appeal, go for protection or 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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Resort

    rē-zort′, v.i. to go: to betake one's self: to have recourse: to apply.—n. act of resorting: a place much frequented: a haunt: resource: company.—n. Resort′er, a frequenter.—Last resort, the last means of relief, the final tribunal—the French dernier ressort. [Fr. ressortir—L. re-, back, sortīri, to cast lots—sors, sortis, a lot.]

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.

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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

Anagrams for resort »

  1. sorter

  2. storer

  3. roster

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of resort in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of resort in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of resort in a Sentence

  1. Frank Liu:

    I think bayonet training was just a waste of time, because I really could n’t think how we could put that into practice, just look at the Russia-Ukraine war, there are so many types of weapons used. When does a soldier ever have to resort to a bayonet to attack their enemy ? I think that was really outdated.

  2. Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry:

    We are doing so in the context of a judicial system without any resort to any extra-judicial measures.

  3. Jerome Gabard:

    This will probably be a last-resort treatment, after three or four lines of antibiotics have been tried, it will be for fighting multi-drug resistant strains that are not cured by antibiotics.

  4. China Construction America:

    Baha Mar Ltd's decision to file for bankruptcy protection is the direct result of its failure to secure adequate financing and its mismanagement of the design of Baha Mar resort project.

  5. Keri Peterson:

    Keep your diet healthy; and don’t resort to soda and sugary foods because that's going to worsen your jet lag symptoms.

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Translations for resort

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  • منتجعArabic
  • курортBulgarian
  • Zuflucht, Ferienort, Resort, zurückkehren, verlegen, zurückgreifen, kommen, heimfallen, verfallen, Ausweg, Kurort, zurückfallenGerman
  • προσφεύγω, θέρετρο, καταφεύγω, επαναταξινομώGreek
  • reordenar, estación turística, recurso, cambiar planes, realinear, refugio, reacomodarSpanish
  • kuurortEstonian
  • ویلاPersian
  • lomakeskus, turvautua, lomakohde, uudelleenjärjestää, turvaFinnish
  • sortie, resort, recours, retrier, recourir, lieu de vacancesFrench
  • առողջարան, կուրորտArmenian
  • resortIndonesian
  • ricorrereItalian
  • リゾートJapanese
  • confugioLatin
  • uitweg, toevlucht, vakantieoordDutch
  • ty tilNorwegian
  • ponownie, kurort, uciec się, posortować, uciekać się, uzdrowiskoPolish
  • refúgio, reordenar, recorrer, resort, recursoPortuguese
  • курорт, здравницаRussian
  • tillhåll, omsortera, kurort, tillflykt, semesterortSwedish
  • tatil köyü, çareTurkish
  • سیرگاہUrdu
  • 采取Chinese

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