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.


  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.

verb (used with object)

  1. to sort or arrange (cards, papers, etc.) again.

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


  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


  1. (tr) to sort again

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.


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.

see last resort.

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