resort


resort
resort, re-sort
The verb and noun resort (pronounced ri-zawt) has a wide range of meanings. Re-sort (with hyphen and pronounced ree-sawt) is a verb meaning ‘to sort again or differently’.
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resource, resort, recourse
1. The three words all have to do with finding help or support and are chiefly distinguished from one another by the typical phrase patterns in which they operate. These are given in the table below.
resource
a simple resource, at the end of one's resources, a person of many resources, to fall back on one's own resources
resort
as a last resort, in the last resort; (verb) to resort to, without resorting to
recourse
to have recourse to, without recourse to, one's usual recourse
2. In general, resource denotes what one adopts for help or support whereas recourse denotes a process or avenue of finding support. There is an area of possible confusion in the overlap between to resort to (especially in the past, to have resorted to) and to have recourse to:

• More than 100 governments had resorted to torture or the maltreatment of prisoners —Keesings, 1990

• Crazed individuals who wreak appalling acts of terror have recourse to the same self-justifying arguments —Times, 2006.

One normally resorts to things in extreme circumstances and has recourse to them more routinely.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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