resort ( resorts plural & 3rd person present) ( resorting present participle) ( resorted past tense & past participle )
1 verb If you resortto a course of action that you do not really approve of, you adopt it because you cannot see any other way of achieving what you want.
His punishing work schedule had made him resort to drugs... V to n/-ing
2 n-uncount If you achieve something without resortto a particular course of action, you succeed without carrying out that action. To have resortto a particular course of action means to have to do that action in order to achieve something.
N to n
Congress has a responsibility to ensure that all peaceful options are exhausted before resort to war.
3 n-count A resort is a place where a lot of people spend their holidays.
usu supp N
...the ski resorts.
4 If you do something as a last resort, you do it because you can find no other way of getting out of a difficult situation or of solving a problem.
as a last resort phrase PHR with cl
Nuclear weapons should be used only as a last resort...
5 You use in the last resort when stating the most basic or important fact that will still be true in a situation whatever else happens.
in the last resort phrase PHR with cl
They would in the last resort support their friends whatever they did.
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