resource

noun
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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Synonyms for resource

Synonyms

expedient, recourse, resort

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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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While Parkland has become a focus for mental health initiatives, Broward County Schools has recognized the need more resources and approaches. Catie Wegman, sun-sentinel.com, "Healing Parkland community with meditation," 14 June 2019 Mr Johnson’s tax cuts would be both a waste of scarce resources and grossly unfair. The Economist, "The Tories are throwing away their reputation for economic prudence," 14 June 2019 The move eliminates a traditional resource and oversight tool for journalists and others. Author: Rachel D'oro, Anchorage Daily News, "Big earthquake let Anchorage police test new national broadband network for first responders," 13 June 2019 The move eliminates a traditional resource and oversight tool for journalists and others. Washington Post, "New network for first responders raises concern among media," 13 June 2019 But he’s also been offered help, repeatedly, and continued burying himself with new, equally terrible behavior while enjoying access to resources and support the majority of us will never have. John Wenzel, The Know, "Commentary: Chris Brown headlining Summer Jam is a stain on Denver," 13 June 2019 The company is committed to providing teams with the tools, resources and training to execute on those decisions. Leigh Farr, azcentral, "MEDIUM COMPANY RANKINGS:," 13 June 2019 The lawyers working with Saman Ahmad and Radwan Ziadeh had called to discuss sharing resources and the distant possibility of bringing the issue back to the Supreme Court. Jenna Krajeski, The New Yorker, "A Victim of Terrorism Faces Deportation for Helping Terrorists," 11 June 2019 That entails, per the directive: Manufacturing, production, transportation of commercial resources and goods, including products intended for commercial sale on Earth. Andrew Daniels, Popular Mechanics, "NASA Will Open the International Space Station to Tourists Starting Next Year," 7 June 2019

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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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resource

noun

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

resource

noun
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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