re·source | \ˈrē-ˌsȯrs, -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.

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Subscribe to get warnings for imminent dangers, preventative instructions, evacuation directions, urgent safety alerts, access to essential resources, critical transit and utility outages, etc. Mary Lou Cruz,, "Davie area events July 18-28," 14 July 2018 The three most important of these appear to be deep experience in a particular industry, access to financial resources, and harder-to-measure factors like managerial experience and social capital. Michael Taylor, San Antonio Express-News, "The best age for entrepreneurship," 13 July 2018 The Ebola virus is a hemorrhagic fever that kills many of its victims — especially in low-resource countries like the DRC. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Good news: the Ebola outbreak in DRC is contained," 29 June 2018 Tripp said he was interrogated at work last week and fired over the phone Tuesday by a human-resources representative. Drew Harwell,, "Tesla sues former employee for hacking company secrets. He says he was a whistleblower.," 21 June 2018 Musk has emphasized that employees have several outlets for their vigilance besides the press, encouraging them to bring concerns to their managers, safety representatives at the company, or the human-resources department. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, "Elon Musk’s Long Obsession With Sabotage," 19 June 2018 There are few resources available to LGBT youth in Arizona's schools. Lauren Castle, azcentral, "Arizona groups offer health, housing help to LGBT youth," 14 July 2018 The House Oversight Subcommittee on the Interior, Energy and Environment holds a hearing on tribal energy resources on July 17. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: Scott Pruitt is still under investigation by EPA watchdog," 13 July 2018 People here want to avoid repeating history by relying on a boom-and-bust resource economy driven by the price of fossil fuels. Zack Colman, Scientific American, "A Trump Oil Boom Could Transform This Rocky Mountain Landscape," 13 July 2018

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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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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 \

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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