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 For 57 years, the telescope at the Arecibo Observatory has served as a world-class resource for radio astronomy, planetary, solar system and geospace research, and the search for extraterrestrial life, according to an NSF statement. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Famed Puerto Rico radio telescope at Arecibo Observatory to be demolished," 20 Nov. 2020 The alternative to traditional in-person sessions has emerged as a critical resource during the pandemic, experts say, helping to reduce barriers to mental health treatment that previously may have deterred people from getting help. Allyson Chiu, Washington Post, "Teletherapy is helping Americans get through the pandemic. What happens afterward?," 13 Nov. 2020 Glassdoor: Glassdoor is known as a resource for researching a potential employer. Anthony Derosa, WSJ, "Where to Search for Jobs: Finding Your Next Opportunity," 11 Nov. 2020 The goal of the Veterans Oral History Collection is not only to honor the courage and sacrifice of our local veterans, but also to preserve their memories as a lasting resource to help educate future generations, the release states., "Community Media Center to feature interviews with former military members on Veterans Day Broadcast," 10 Nov. 2020 Since the 2018-19 season, Allen has served as a resource for the Wild and its American Hockey League affiliate in Iowa. Sarah Mclellan, Star Tribune, "Wild extends ECHL affiliation with Allen Americans," 4 Nov. 2020 The press today, responding to the predicament of migrants, continues to portray traditional sanctuary as a resource for the unjustly persecuted. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, The New York Review of Books, "The Revival of Church Sanctuary," 3 Nov. 2020 The water could be used as a resource during upcoming NASA missions. Kristen Rogers, CNN, "Voted already? Here are 50 ways to get through the rest of the day," 3 Nov. 2020 While the cities and district have long talked about treating water as a fragile resource, the system provided little incentive for cities to do so. Sharon Grigsby, Dallas News, "13 North Texas cities end their decadeslong water war and agree to new and fairer rate structure," 29 Oct. 2020

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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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25 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Resource.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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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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