re·​source ˈrē-ˌsȯrs How to pronounce resource (audio)
: a source of supply or support : an available means
usually used in plural
: a natural source of wealth or revenue
often used in plural
: a natural feature or phenomenon that enhances the quality of human life
: computable wealth
usually used in plural
: a source of information or expertise
: something to which one has recourse in difficulty : expedient
: a possibility of relief or recovery
: a means of spending one's leisure time
: an ability to meet and handle a situation : resourcefulness
Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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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Word History


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

First Known Use

circa 1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of resource was circa 1611

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Cite this Entry

“Resource.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


re·​source ˈrē-ˌsō(ə)rs How to pronounce resource (audio)
: a new or a reserve source of supply or support
plural : a usable stock or supply (as of money, products, or energy)
mineral resources
: the possibility of relief or recovery
left helpless without resource
: the ability to meet and deal with difficult situations

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