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 Alaska is a resource rich and infrastructure poor state. Anchorage Daily News, 5 Aug. 2022 There are 11 resource centers in towns such as Fallbrook, Boulevard, Julian, Valley Center and Ramona. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Aug. 2022 The protesters said that women who are struggling during an unplanned pregnancy can get help at pregnancy resource centers or with childcare services. The Indianapolis Star, 26 July 2022 Kherson, Mariupol among Ukrainian territories under Russian control: After efforts to take Ukraine’s capital Kyiv stalled, the Kremlin shifted its focus on the resource-rich industrial Donbas region, made up of the Luhansk and Donetsk territories. Amy Nakamura, USA TODAY, 25 July 2022 In May, Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves, a Republican, signed into law a measure that provides tax credits to businesses that donate to pregnancy resource centers or crisis pregnancy centers. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, 21 July 2022 Johnston said the costs of operating a campground in Salt Lake City would probably be comparable to the expense of running one of the Salt Lake Valley’s resource centers. The Salt Lake Tribune, 21 July 2022 The community’s schools and churches have been converted into therapy resource centers for families seeking guidance in the aftermath. Robert Klemko, Washington Post, 9 July 2022 The community's schools and churches have been converted into therapy resource centers for families seeking guidance in the aftermath. Robert Klemko,, 9 July 2022 See More

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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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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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