• (RP) enPR: rĭkôsʹ, IPA: /ɹɪˈkɔːs/
  • (GA) enPR: rēʹkôrs, IPA: /ˈɹiːkɔɹs/
  • (rhotic, horse-hoarse) enPR rikōrsʹ, IPA: /ɹɪˈko(ː)ɹs/, /ˈɹiːko(ː)ɹs/
  • (nonrhotic, horse-hoarse) IPA: /ɹɪˈkoəs/, /ˈɹiːkoəs/


  1. The act of seeking assistance or advice.
    • Thus died this great peer, […] in a time of great recourse unto him and dependence upon him.
    • Our last recourse is therefore to our art.
    • 1912: Edgar Rice Burroughs, Tarzan of the Apes, Chapter 12
      Tarzan would have liked to subdue the ugly beast without recourse to knife or arrows. So much had his great strength and agility increased in the period following his maturity that he had come to believe that he might master the redoubtable Terkoz in a hand to hand fight were it not for the terrible advantage the anthropoid's huge fighting fangs gave him over the poorly armed Tarzan.
    • 1929, M. Barnard Eldershaw, A House Is Built, chapter VIII, section ii:
      Nor were the wool prospects much better. The pastoral#English|pastoral industry, which had weathered the severe depression of the early forties by recourse to boiling down the sheep for their tallow#English|tallow, and was now firmly re-established as the staple#English|staple industry of the colony, was threatened once more with eclipse#English|eclipse.
  2. (obsolete) A coursing back, or coursing again; renewed course; return; retreat; recurrence.
    • swift recourse of flushing blood
    • Preventive physic […] preventeth sickness in the healthy, or the recourse thereof in the valetudinary.
  3. (obsolete) Access; admittance.
    • c. 1597, William Shakespeare, “The Merry VViues of VVindsor”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act II, scene i]:
      Give me recourse to him.
Related terms Verb

recourse (recourses, present participle recoursing; past and past participle recoursed)

  1. (obsolete) To return; to recur.
  2. (obsolete) To have recourse; to resort.

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