intr.v. re·sort·ed, re·sort·ing, re·sorts
1. To turn to or make use of a person, strategy, or course of action for help or as a means of achieving something: The government resorted to censorship of the press.
2. To go, especially customarily or frequently; repair: "The whale-bone whales can at last resort to their Polar citadels" (Herman Melville).
1. A place frequented by people for relaxation or recreation: a ski resort.
2. A customary or frequent going or gathering: a popular place of resort.
a. The act of turning to a person or thing for help or as a means of achieving something; recourse: raised the money without resort to borrowing.
b. One turned to or made use of for aid or relief: I would ask him only as a last resort.
[Middle English resorten, to return, from Old French resortir, to go out again : re-, re- + sortir, to go out.]
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