resource

noun
re·​source | \ ˈrē-ˌsȯrs How to pronounce resource (audio) , -ˌzȯrs, ri-ˈsȯrs, -ˈzȯrs \

Definition of resource

1a : a source of supply or support : an available means usually used in plural
b : a natural source of wealth or revenue often used in plural
c : a natural feature or phenomenon that enhances the quality of human life
d : computable wealth usually used in plural
e : a source of information or expertise
2 : something to which one has recourse in difficulty : expedient
3 : a possibility of relief or recovery
4 : a means of spending one's leisure time
5 : an ability to meet and handle a situation : resourcefulness

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resource, resort, expedient, shift, makeshift, stopgap mean something one turns to in the absence of the usual means or source of supply. resource and resort apply to anything one falls back upon. exhausted all of their resources a last resort expedient may apply to any device or contrivance used when the usual one is not at hand or not possible. a flimsy expedient shift implies a tentative or temporary imperfect expedient. desperate shifts to stave off foreclosure makeshift implies an inferior expedient adopted because of urgent need or allowed through indifference. old equipment employed as a makeshift stopgap applies to something used temporarily as an emergency measure. a new law intended only as a stopgap

Examples of resource in a Sentence

Oil is essentially their only resource. The computer laboratory is an essential resource for students.
Recent Examples on the Web When traffic clotted at an accident site, CarPlay — using its vast cloud resources — rerouted me to another road. cleveland, "Big Volkswagen Atlas shrugs off the snow," 8 Feb. 2020 That Started in Salt Lake Among rank-and-file members of the church, the whistleblower report unleashed an intense debate about tithing and how the church uses its vast resources. Rachael Levy, WSJ, "The Mormon Church Amassed $100 Billion. It Was the Best-Kept Secret in the Investment World.," 8 Feb. 2020 And having the big producers at the table — because of their depth, because of their experience, because of their internal resources — would be very, very important. Helen Branswell, STAT, "In effort to develop coronavirus vaccine, outbreak expert sees ‘hardest problem’ of his career," 6 Feb. 2020 The majority of those infected are in Wuhan, and the Chinese government is putting its resources into building new medical facilities, fast. Anne Quito, Quartz, "How China can build a hospital for coronavirus patients in a week," 29 Jan. 2020 Such a move would do nothing but shift the production capacity from federal land to private land, all the while decimating the states that would be unable to reap any benefit from their resources. David L. Bahnsen, National Review, "The Warren Fracking Ban: On Public Lands, and Heck, Everywhere Else," 28 Jan. 2020 The rappers are not only paying for lawyers and using their resources to help elevate the importance of the case in the public eye, but have become personally invested in it. Elly Belle, refinery29.com, "Jay-Z & Yo Gotti Help Inmates Sue A Mississippi Prison for Inhumane Treatment," 28 Jan. 2020 By the dawn of the 19th century, the federal government had taken control of the area and its resources. Rashad Shabazz, The Conversation, "How Minneapolis made Prince," 27 Jan. 2020 Fund bosses are under pressure from shareholders, clients, employees and activists to use their resources to fight climate change or address a raft of other issues, such as workplace diversity or LGBTQ rights or corporate governance on compensation. Fortune, "Responsible investing is a rare field of finance led by women. Now it’s hot—and men want in," 24 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of resource

circa 1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for resource

French ressource, from Old French ressourse relief, resource, from resourdre to relieve, literally, to rise again, from Latin resurgere — more at resurrection

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The first known use of resource was circa 1611

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11 Feb 2020

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“Resource.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Resources. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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resource

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English Language Learners Definition of resource

: something that a country has and can use to increase its wealth
: a supply of something (such as money) that someone has and can use when it is needed
: a place or thing that provides something useful

resource

noun
re·​source | \ ˈrē-ˌsȯrs How to pronounce resource (audio) \

Kids Definition of resource

1 resources plural : a usable stock or supply (as of money or products)
3 : the ability to meet and deal with situations

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