verb (used with object)
to sort or arrange (cards, papers, etc.) again.

1885–90; re- + sort

re-sort, resort. Unabridged


verb (used without object)
to have recourse for use, help, or accomplishing something, often as a final available option or resource: to resort to war.
to go, especially frequently or customarily: a beach to which many people resort.
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.
habitual or general going, as to a place or person.
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.
a person or thing resorted to for aid, satisfaction, service, etc.

1325–75; (v.) Middle English resorten < Old French resortir, equivalent to re- re- + sortir to go out, leave, escape, perhaps ultimately < Latin sortīrī to draw lots, though sense development unclear; (noun) Middle English < Old French ressort, derivative of ressortir

preresort, verb (used without object)

re-sort, resort. Unabridged
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resort (rɪˈzɔːt)
1.  (usually foll by to) to have recourse (to) for help, use, etc: to resort to violence
2.  to go, esp often or habitually; repair: to resort to the beach
3.  a place to which many people go for recreation, rest, etc: a holiday resort
4.  the use of something as a means, help, or recourse
5.  the act of going to a place, esp for recreation, rest, etc
6.  last resort the last possible course of action open to one
[C14: from Old French resortir to come out again, from re- + sortir to emerge]

re-sort (riːˈsɔːt)
(tr) to sort again

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., "that to which one has recourse for aid or assistance," from O.Fr. resort "resource, help," back-formation from resortir "to resort," lit. "to go out again," from re- "again" + sortir "go out" (see sortie). Meaning "place people go for recreation" is first recorded
1754. The verb is recorded from c.1460. Phrase in the last resort (1672) translates Fr. en dernier ressort, originally of legal appeals.
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Idioms & Phrases


see last resort.

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Example sentences
The resort was far too charming a place for such a senseless, smelly crime.
Here's a spot for anyone looking for a retreat rather than a resort.
Resort is the cheerful fashion season, the beginning of a long run of
  warm-weather clothes.
Sometimes, departments resort to finding leaders among the junior faculty when
  the senior ranks are riven by old feuds.
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