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[ree-sawrt] /riˈsɔrt/
verb (used with object)
to sort or arrange (cards, papers, etc.) again.
Origin of re-sort
1885-90; re- + sort
Can be confused
re-sort, resort.


[ri-zawrt] /rɪˈzɔrt/
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
Related forms
preresort, verb (used without object)
Can be confused
re-sort, resort. Unabridged
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  • And many rich-world governments have been able to lighten their debt burdens without resorting to high inflation.
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  • Any point where you are harming others, the point where you are resorting to violence, that's too far.
British Dictionary definitions for resorting


verb (intransitive)
(usually foll by to) to have recourse (to) for help, use, etc: to resort to violence
to go, esp often or habitually; repair: to resort to the beach
a place to which many people go for recreation, rest, etc: a holiday resort
the use of something as a means, help, or recourse
the act of going to a place, esp for recreation, rest, etc
last resort, the last possible course of action open to one
Derived Forms
resorter, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French resortir to come out again, from re- + sortir to emerge


(transitive) to sort again
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Word Origin and History for resorting



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.

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