Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To have recourse: The government resorted to censorship of the press.
  • intransitive v. To go customarily or frequently; repair.
  • n. A place frequented by people for relaxation or recreation: a ski resort.
  • n. A customary or frequent going or gathering: a popular place of resort.
  • n. The act of turning to for aid or relief; recourse: raised the money without resort to borrowing.
  • n. One turned to for aid or relief: I would ask him only as a last resort.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A place where people go for recreation, especially one with facilities such as lodgings, entertainment, and a relaxing environment.
  • n. recourse, refuge (something or someone turned to for safety)
  • v. To make one's way, go (to).
  • v. To have recourse (to), now especially from necessity or frustration.
  • v. to repeat a sorting process; sort again
  • n. an act of resorting

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Active power or movement; spring.
  • n. The act of going to, or making application; a betaking one's self; the act of visiting or seeking; recourse; ; -- often figuratively.
  • n. A place to which one betakes himself habitually; a place of frequent assembly; a haunt.
  • n. That to which one resorts or looks for help; resource; refuge.
  • intransitive v. To go; to repair; to betake one's self.
  • intransitive v. To fall back; to revert.
  • intransitive v. To have recourse; to apply; to one's self for help, relief, or advantage.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To fall back; return; revert.
  • To go; repair; go customarily or frequently.
  • To have recourse; apply; betake one's self: with to: as, to resort to force.
  • To visit; frequent.
  • To sort over again. Also written distinctively re-sort.
  • n. The act of going to some person or thing or making application; a betaking one's self; recourse: as, a resort to other means of defense; a resort to subterfuges or evasion.
  • n. One who or that which is resorted to: as in the phrase last resort (see below).
  • n. An assembling; a going to or frequenting in numbers; confluence.
  • n. The act of visiting or frequenting one's society; company; intercourse.
  • n. A place frequented; a place commonly or habitually visited; a haunt.
  • n. In law, the authority or jurisdiction of a court.
  • n. Those who frequent a place; those who assemble.
  • n. Spring; active power or movement.
  • n. Synonyms Resource. Contrivance, etc. See expedient, n.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a hotel located in a resort area
  • n. act of turning to for assistance
  • v. have recourse to
  • v. move, travel, or proceed toward some place
  • n. a frequently visited place
  • n. something or someone turned to for assistance or security

Etymologies

Middle English resorten, to return, from Old French resortir, to go out again : re-, re- + sortir, to go out.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English resorten, from Old French resortir ("to fall back, return, resort, have recourse, appeal"), back-formation from sortir ("to go out"). (Wiktionary)
re- +‎ sort (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • And I think the resort is about 25% overpriced, considering the worn-down state of the place and the fact you can get a two-night package at the definitely more upmarket Avillion in Port Dickson (also not really PD, but a dozen kilometres south) from about RM800 as well.

    2009 September — Fusion Despatches

  • "That's what I called the resort when we opened in 2004."

    New Horizons

  • There's an old joke about people complaining that the food at a resort is almost inedible, and what's more, the servings are too small.

    Archive 2008-01-01

  • Established by billionaire timber magnate Timothy Blixseth, the resort is affiliated with the Yellowstone Club, an exclusive ski and golf site in Big Sky, MT.

    Costa Alegre

  • They are called resort amenity fees; chances are if the place has the word resort in its name, you'll be hit with this charge.

    CNN Transcript Jun 23, 2007

  • In fact, San Jose del Cabo, the town now to east of what you know as the resort there, Cabo San Lucas, really took most of the hit here.

    CNN Transcript Sep 4, 2007

  • But lo and behold, more and more hotels that bill themselves as "resorts" are charging what they call a resort amenities fee.

    CNN Transcript Jun 23, 2007

  • Deval Patrick supports what he calls resort-style "destination casinos" but is opposed to racetracks slots, which he said won't generate as much money and as many jobs as the casinos.

    TimesArgus.com: Barre/Montpelier Region

  • I am a business owner in resort development and watched the economy and my business die under Bush.

    Obama touts financial reform, says GOP stance 'deceptive'

  • I do think that in resort cities like Cancun, beach-type wear is fine for those that can wear it well.

    CLOTHES - what's hot and what's not in Mexico

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