The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Resort \Re*sort"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Resorted; p. pr. & vb.
n. Resorting.] [OF. resortir to withdraw, take refuge, F.
ressortir to be in the jurisdiction, LL. resortire; pref. re-
re- + L. sortiri to draw lots, obtain by lot, from sors lot.
See Sort. The meaning is first to reobtain (by lot), then
to gain by appeal to a higher court (as a law term), to
appeal, go for protection or refuge.]
1. To go; to repair; to betake one's self.
What men name resort to him? --Shak.
2. To fall back; to revert. [Obs.]
The inheritance of the son never resorted to the
mother, or to any of her ancestors. --Sir M. Hale.
3. To have recourse; to apply; to one's self for help,
relief, or advantage.
The king thought it time to resort to other