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 Your friends don’t sound like a whole lot of help, but there are resources out there to support some of these larger life changes. Author: Wayne And Wanda, Anchorage Daily News, "January isn’t even half-over, and I already feel like I’m failing at all my resolutions.," 11 Jan. 2020 And there are resources for those looking to find affirming and knowledgeable health care providers, like the provider directories available from the Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality and the Campaign for Southern Equality. NBC News, "For transgender men, pain of menstruation is more than just physical," 11 Jan. 2020 Medical students would look up YouTube videos (the platform has become a popular resource for surgeons in training, with tens of thousands of videos on the subject) for guidance to prep for an operation. Washington Post, "From surgery simulators to medical mishaps in space, video game tech is helping doctors at work," 9 Jan. 2020 In environments poor in resources, receptor modifications were more burdensome, so CRISPR became a better bargain. Quanta Magazine, "Biodiversity Alters Strategies of Bacterial Evolution," 6 Jan. 2020 Jeff was an invaluable resource to me during the past two seasons and his leadership will be greatly missed. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Paul Pasqualoni out as Lions defensive coordinator, Jeff Davidson steps down as OL coach," 2 Jan. 2020 There's a nationwide mental health crisis in South Korea, where the subject is still taboo and there's limited resources for those seeking help. CBS News, "Recent suicides show the dark side of K-pop," 2 Jan. 2020 Many Chinese researchers have significant resources as well as sharp minds; some sorts of lab work are easier and cheaper in China than in America. The Economist, "Chinese students The new red scare on American campuses," 2 Jan. 2020 But the resources at his disposal — both his official powers and his ability to employ traditional and social media — are greatly enhanced. Jonah Goldberg, National Review, "Get Ready for a Nasty 2020 Presidential Campaign," 1 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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14 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Resource.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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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


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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