from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To turn to or make use of a person, strategy, or course of action for help or as a means of achieving something.
  • intransitive verb To go, especially customarily or frequently; repair.
  • noun A place frequented by people for relaxation or recreation.
  • noun A customary or frequent going or gathering.
  • noun The act of turning to a person or thing for help or as a means of achieving something; recourse.
  • noun One turned to or made use of for aid or relief.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.
  • noun One who or that which is resorted to: as in the phrase last resort (see below).
  • noun An assembling; a going to or frequenting in numbers; confluence.
  • noun The act of visiting or frequenting one's society; company; intercourse.
  • noun A place frequented; a place commonly or habitually visited; a haunt.
  • noun In law, the authority or jurisdiction of a court.
  • noun Those who frequent a place; those who assemble.
  • noun Spring; active power or movement.
  • noun Synonyms Resource. Contrivance, etc. See expedient, n.
  • To sort over again. Also written distinctively re-sort.
  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A Gallicism, obsolete Active power or movement; spring.
  • intransitive verb To go; to repair; to betake one's self.
  • intransitive verb obsolete To fall back; to revert.
  • intransitive verb To have recourse; to apply; to one's self for help, relief, or advantage.
  • noun The act of going to, or making application; a betaking one's self; the act of visiting or seeking; recourse; ; -- often figuratively.
  • noun A place to which one betakes himself habitually; a place of frequent assembly; a haunt.
  • noun That to which one resorts or looks for help; resource; refuge.
  • noun ultimate means of relief; also, final tribunal; that from which there is no appeal.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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


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

Middle English resorten, to return, from Old French resortir, to go out again : re-, re- + sortir, to go out.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English resorten, from Old French resortir ("to fall back, return, resort, have recourse, appeal"), back-formation from sortir ("to go out").

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re- +‎ sort


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