Meaning of “resort” in the English Dictionary

"resort" in British English

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uk /rɪˈzɔːt/ us /rɪˈzɔːrt/

resort noun (PLACE)

B1 [ C ] a place where many people go for rest, sport, or another stated purpose:

a tourist resort
a holiday resort
a seaside/beach resort
a ski resort

More examples

  • Rimini is a thriving holiday resort on the east coast of Italy.
  • The resort is easily accessible by road, rail and air.
  • The resort is frequented by the rich and famous.
  • The coastal resorts are deserted in winter.
  • There has been an increase in outbound traffic leaving London airport for the Mediterranean resorts.

(Definition of “resort” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"resort" in American English

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resortnoun [ C ]

us /rɪˈzɔrt/

a place where people can go on vacations to relax or for an activity they enjoy:

a ski resort

(Definition of “resort” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"resort" in Business English

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uk /rɪˈzɔːt/ us

[ 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.

(Definition of “resort” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)