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English definition of “resort to something”

resort to something

 /rɪˈzɔrt ˌtu, -tə/ phrasal verb with resort verb
to do or use something because it is the only thing available: There’s hope the countries will reach a settlement without resorting to armed conflict.
(Definition of resort to something from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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