Definition of resort in US English:



  • 1A place that is a popular destination for vacations or recreation, or which is frequented for a particular purpose.

    ‘a seaside resort’
    ‘a health resort’
    • ‘There is also much to be said in favour of reviving the seaside holiday in our local resorts which, despite unpredictable weather, can be fun.’
    • ‘Many holiday resorts are practically deserted on the West coast and some hotels have been forced to close down because of lack of visitors.’
    • ‘International tourist resorts should have international standards.’
    • ‘Last year the company reported that more than 20000 holidaymakers filled 15 resorts in the province.’
    • ‘Its growth and prosperity also depends on how accessible tourist resorts are to the leisure seekers.’
    • ‘Package holidays to the best resorts and chalets - especially those including childcare - are selling fast.’
    • ‘Although the area was only known to a select few for years, the last 10 years has seen a boom in tourism and resorts.’
    • ‘Schools are open, children are back to school and many of the holiday resorts have put up their shutters once again until the next season.’
    • ‘Opt for fractional ownership - a concept already in place in holiday resorts and condominiums.’
    • ‘As many properties in Mediterranean holiday resorts are densely built this is likely to be the major source of noise pollution.’
    • ‘The Marine Conservation Society is urging holidaymakers at resorts to report their jellyfish encounters - and exercise caution.’
    • ‘But the development of seaside resorts had begun long before.’
    • ‘Hotels, bars and restaurants in tourist resorts are displaying prices in francs and euros.’
    • ‘Investors and locals are not the only people who buy property in holiday resorts.’
    • ‘She doesn't holiday at fashionable resorts, or go to the sea, because she doesn't like swimming or getting a tan.’
    • ‘Her announcement of a coastal tourism initiative to help seaside resorts apply for grants to improve facilities and boost jobs is also welcome.’
    • ‘These innovative products are widely used in tourist resorts, hotels and theme parks.’
    • ‘More cosmopolitan was the world of the spa towns and fashionable resorts, where cures were only one attraction among many.’
    • ‘But early indications suggest resorts and urban centres are attracting holidaymakers at the expense of the countryside.’
    • ‘Although some villas in holiday resorts do appear to be priced very keenly, you will often find that they are only the size of a good one-bed apartment at home.’
    holiday destination, holiday centre, tourist centre, centre, spot, retreat, haunt
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    1. 1.1archaic The tendency of a place to be frequented by many people.
      ‘places of public resort’
      • ‘According to the argument on the other side, streets leading to places of public resort are unprotected.’
      • ‘The town is only in its infancy as a place of public resort, and, therefore, possesses few public buildings deserving of notice, the principal occupation having been to build houses and new streets, for the accommodation of new residents.’
      • ‘In the earliest days the city gate is mentioned as the place of public resort, where people met for business and to discuss news.’
  • 2The action of turning to and adopting a strategy or course of action, especially a disagreeable or undesirable one, so as to resolve a difficult situation.

    ‘territorial questions must not be settled by resort to violence’
    • ‘The difficulty that emerges is that there is resort to statements of the superficial in seeking to describe what are deep and complex issues.’
    • ‘The second, i.e. to explore other provider possibilities, was considered to be an option of last resort.’
    • ‘It is the option of first recourse and of last resort.’
    • ‘It is a place that has allowed reason to be at the heart of all these things, that has allowed genuine dissent without resort to violence.’
    • ‘What alarms the consumer is that the proposed restrictions will put their health in jeopardy and give them no choice whatsoever except resort to drugs.’
    • ‘Landowners, however, stressed the importance of powers of last resort to enable the police to arrest individuals who acted irresponsibly.’
    • ‘Therefore, the currency board is not the lender of last resort to the banking system: if a bank is failing, the currency board will not bail the bank out.’
    • ‘Yet this Utopia seems increasingly difficult to attain without resort to war.’
    • ‘Adoption is not an option of last resort; to regard it as such is a failure to understand the nature of adoption and its advantages for a child unable to live with his own family.’
    • ‘This is consistent with parental practice which, as noted earlier, is marked by rapidly declining resort to physical punishment of children older than four.’
    • ‘Imprisonment is, in this context, a remedy of last resort.’
    • ‘They reduce the frequency and intensity with which the authorities must intervene as lenders of last resort to avert systemic crises.’
    • ‘The convention allows for lawful detention of children for the shortest possible period of time and as a matter of last resort.’
    • ‘What could possibly justify our resort to the very means we properly abhor and condemn?’
    • ‘They are a technically reliable threat of last resort to discourage a foe from pressing too hard or threatening national survival.’
    • ‘The money raised would become a sort of piggy bank of last resort to pay doctors and hospitals for patients who don't pay them.’
    • ‘If adoption continues as an option of last resort, children will remain in the limbo of foster care for too long.’
    • ‘Public housing has been transformed into an ever-diminishing refuge of last resort.’
    • ‘Thus, professional marital therapy may be seen as an option of last resort, even for those few willing to seek it.’
    • ‘This would partly be due to its more benign view of the world order which sees military force as an option of last resort, not a matter of policy.’
    recourse to, turning to, the use of, utilizing
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    1. 2.1in singular A strategy or course of action that may be adopted in a difficult situation.
      ‘her only resort is surgery’
      • ‘Using force is always the last resort and our methods emphasise the safety of young people.’
      • ‘Once considered to be only a last resort, epilepsy surgery has become increasingly common, even for children.’
      • ‘As a last resort, measures could be taken to prevent offending companies from being listed on the stock exchange.’
      • ‘The spokesman said he would be discussing with staff the option of taking industrial action, but said he believed this course of action would be a last resort for most of the workers.’
      • ‘Surgery is a last resort, though it sometimes is necessary.’
      • ‘In many ways they are a last resort after all other courses of action have failed.’
      • ‘A spokesman for the Roman Catholic Diocese, which runs the school, said the measure was a last resort.’
      • ‘Cosmetic surgery, the last resort of those who cannot hold on to their youth and beauty through diet and exercise, is expanding exponentially.’
      • ‘If for some inexplicable reason, she turns me down, I will have to switch allegiance, but of course that will be a last resort.’
      • ‘Surgery wasn't quite the last resort, but it was getting there.’
      • ‘The Director stressed the plans are a last resort, and said the decision would not be taken lightly.’
      • ‘One teaching union said it disagreed with the training course, which, it said, would make restraint a first course of action for teachers, rather than a last resort.’
      • ‘For many whites, the migration was not an escape but a last resort; some planned to return home on retirement, many did not wait that long.’
      • ‘But if this failed, surgery was the last resort in an effort to improve a sufferer's quality of life.’
      • ‘Three years ago Andrea underwent gastric bypass surgery, a last resort for the obese.’
      • ‘He underwent surgery last January to remove a bone spur on his left ankle, but surgery then was considered a last resort after several months of discomfort.’
      expedient, measure, possible course of action, step, recourse, alternative, option, choice, source of help, source of assistance, someone to turn to, something to turn to, possibility, hope, remedy
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  • 1Turn to and adopt (a strategy or course of action, especially a disagreeable or undesirable one) so as to resolve a difficult situation.

    ‘the duke was prepared to resort to force if negotiation failed’
    • ‘The government has increasingly resorted to repressive measures.’
    • ‘A democratic culture permits the rejection of extremist ideas and actions, without having to resort to other extremes to suppress such ideas and actions.’
    • ‘But it turned out to be unnecessary to resort to extreme methods.’
    • ‘"We resorted to strong-arm tactics which is totally unacceptable."’
    • ‘But when persuasion failed, the government resorted to force.’
    • ‘Just learn to defend your ridiculous arguments instead of simply resorting to name-calling.’
    • ‘The settlers will resist being moved - and might even resort to violence - but they must be defeated.’
    • ‘So last week we finally resorted to underhand tactics.’
    • ‘We shall not resort to those methods on our own.’
    • ‘The intent, of course, is to accomplish the mission without having to resort to lethal force.’
    • ‘It is sad that such eminent judges who found themselves in some embarrassing situation had to resort to such tactics.’
    • ‘As such, schools don't need to resort to mass quantitative testing, she said.’
    • ‘In such a situation, it is not surprising that people will resort to desperate measures.’
    • ‘"The only way to solve this is by not resorting to force."’
    • ‘In the case of farmers' fields, herbicide-resistant weeds could force the farmer to resort to more extreme chemical use to eradicate the invaders.’
    • ‘To resort to crime in a difficult situation, is weak.’
    • ‘Despite their differences, there is no reason the two sides should have to resort to force to resolve the matter.’
    • ‘‘If the incumbents do not come back to their senses I will be the first to resort to some extreme measures,’ he said.’
    • ‘The assumption seemed to be that any group of people willing to resort to such extreme measures must have a just and compelling cause.’
    • ‘The depression forced most firms to resort to repeated rounds of employee layoffs, wage cuts, and work speedups.’
    have recourse to, fall back on, turn to, look to, make use of, use, utilize, avail oneself of, employ, bring into play, bring into service, press into service, call on
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  • 2formal Go often or in large numbers to.

    ‘local authorities have a duty to provide adequate sites for gypsies “residing in or resorting to” their areas’
    • ‘These matters are of considerable concern to residents and others resorting to the area.’
    • ‘In this respect, it is important to consider the manner of trade being proposed; the number and kinds of persons resorting to the area; the expectations of those persons in respect of access to liquor; and the extent to which other premises in the area can meet those expectations.’
    • ‘Since the duty relates to the provision of accommodation 'for gipsies residing in or resorting to' the area it is relevant to inquire whether the group visits regularly.’


Late Middle English (denoting something one can turn to for assistance): from Old French resortir, from re- ‘again’ + sortir ‘come or go out’. The sense ‘place frequently visited’ dates from the mid 18th century.