› [C] COMMERCE a place where people go for a holiday: a tourist/holiday/vacation resort He developed popular tourist resorts, including Caneel Bay on St John and Mauna Kea Hotel in Hawaii. a seaside/beach/ski resort › [C or U] the fact of doing something in a particular situation because there is no other way of achieving something: resort to sth A resort to more autocratic measures could be disastrous.
first resort › used for talking about the first thing that you think of doing or using in a situation: Diplomacy ought to be our first resort. I'm not advocating detention as a first resort.
last resort › used for talking about something that you only think of doing or using if all other methods fail: As a last resort, savers could always open an ISA with their current bank or building society. Experts say warning labels are a last resort when a hazard can't be designed out of a product. → See also lender of last resort