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 In other words, the government should prevent overly expansive initial resource claims by U.S. nationals. Kevin O’connell & Alexander William Salter, National Review, "Great Power Competition in the Final Frontier: How to Keep the Peace in Space," 4 May 2021 In the '90s, Wilson came to Gainesville to study community resource economics classes at the University of Florida. Erin Richards, USA TODAY, "Teacher Appreciation Week: In a tough year, these educators stood out -- and gave us hope.," 3 May 2021 Gupta imagines the product turning into a resource that writers will pay fifteen to twenty dollars per month to use. Stephen Marche, The New Yorker, "The Computers Are Getting Better at Writing," 30 Apr. 2021 Police Commissioner Michael Harrison believes the long-term decline was both a product of focusing on violent offenders but also a resource issue with fewer officers. Justin Fenton,, "Can Baltimore end the War on Drugs? As Marilyn Mosby takes lead on decriminalization, few public health alternatives are in place," 30 Apr. 2021 Roughly three-quarters of green-collar jobs – fields ranging from water conservation and sustainable agriculture to solar-panel installation and resource-efficient construction – are held by men. USA Today, "Green jobs’ path to middle class, sustainability largely blocked to Native Americans," 30 Apr. 2021 With more than 600 colorful pages and weighing in at over five and a half pounds, the book is a knock-out, equally at home as coffee table décor and as an indispensable kitchen resource. Beth Segal, cleveland, "The Chef’s Garden Cookbook: How farmer Lee Jones evolved from Ohio hayseed to international microgreen king," 30 Apr. 2021 The incorporation of advanced analytics into the evaluation process also has benefited Rams scouts, Monago said, giving them an additional resource. Gary Klein Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Without No. 1 draft pick again, it wouldn’t be a first for Rams to find later-round gems," 29 Apr. 2021 Former Senate President Wayne Niederhauser argues that resource centers have turned into long-term shelter for some individuals. Bethany Rodgers, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah won’t need a new homeless shelter if it can speed up getting people into housing, new coordinator says," 29 Apr. 2021

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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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6 May 2021

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“Resource.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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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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