natural resource

noun

Definition of natural resource

1 natural resources plural : industrial materials and capacities (such as mineral deposits and waterpower) supplied by nature

Examples of natural resource in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Officials across the country are starting to plan for how the funding can support new infrastructure projects to usher in a new generation of railways, ports, public transit, natural resource areas, and more. Camille Squires, Quartz, 15 Nov. 2021 An expert in wildlife health who has worked for natural resource agencies in Michigan and Missouri has been hired as the new wildlife section manager at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Tony Kennedy, Star Tribune, 21 July 2021 More than 100 leaders, representing over 85 percent of the world’s forests, pledged to halt deforestation over the next decade and help restore a natural resource that has the potential to absorb massive amounts of carbon dioxide. Washington Post, 10 Aug. 2021 The board said in a news release that his experience includes work in economic development, natural resource management, and biomass energy development. oregonlive, 30 Oct. 2021 Scientists, environmentalists, planners, farmers, and natural resource managers have used the data throughout the years. Marshall Shepherd, Forbes, 10 Oct. 2021 Of course it was connected to his passion for natural resource science and conservation! New York Times, 15 Oct. 2021 Young people are the world's most precious natural resource. Angela Dewan And Radina Gigova, CNN, 20 Aug. 2021 Sivas, who is not involved in any lawsuits related to the Orange County spill, said Amplify could be on the hook for cleanup costs and natural resource damages. Los Angeles Times, 5 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of natural resource

1776, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of natural resource was in 1776

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“Natural resource.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/natural%20resource. Accessed 5 Dec. 2021.

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natural resource

noun

Kids Definition of natural resource

: something (as water, a mineral, forest, or kind of animal) that is found in nature and is valuable to humans

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