noun re·source \ ˈrē-ˌsȯrs , -ˌzȯrs , ri-ˈsȯrs , -ˈzȯrs \
|Updated on: 12 Aug 2018

Definition of resource

1 a : 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

Examples of resource in a Sentence

  1. Oil is essentially their only resource.

  2. The computer laboratory is an essential resource for students.

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Origin and Etymology of resource

French ressource, from Old French ressourse relief, resource, from resourdre to relieve, literally, to rise again, from Latin resurgere — more at resurrection

Synonym Discussion of resource

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

RESOURCE Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of resource for English Language Learners

  • : 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

RESOURCE Defined for Kids


noun re·source \ ˈrē-ˌsȯrs \

Definition of resource for Students

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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