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 Whatever’s created that need, whether lack of education or resources. Jamie Swinnerton, Houston Chronicle, "Sunday conversation: The Woodlands’ Nancy Heintz has a heart for helping others," 21 Feb. 2020 That said, young men who don’t want children might prefer an older woman, thanks to her wisdom or resources. Dina Cheney, Good Housekeeping, "May-December Romances Are Uncommon, But Couples Can Make Them Work," 21 Feb. 2020 Almost all medical personnel, equipment and resources have been channeled into fighting the outbreak, leaving other patients in limbo. Time, "Hospitals in China, Overwhelmed by Coronavirus, Turn Away Patients With Other Pressing Needs," 21 Feb. 2020 Spotlighting alternative pollution reduction options can help federal and state regulators make decisions about energy resources and their environmental and health impacts for the coming decades. Jason West, The Conversation, "Air pollution kills thousands of Americans every year – here’s a low-cost strategy to reduce the toll," 21 Feb. 2020 Almost all medical personnel, equipment and resources have been channeled into fighting the outbreak, leaving other patients in limbo. Fortune, "As coronavirus cases overwhelm China’s hospitals, those with other problems are told to leave," 21 Feb. 2020 Reducing wasted food also conserves energy and resources, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. cleveland, "Make 2020 the year you stop wasting food (and money)," 16 Feb. 2020 Along with practicing law, Wasser now runs , an online divorce and mediation resource. Annie Goldsmith, Town & Country, "What Is a Prenuptial Agreement," 15 Feb. 2020 Fame and fortune can bring a plethora of opportunities and resources but as Chicago native Derrick Rose alluded to during a panel discussion earlier in the week, . Los Angeles Times, "Column: NBA has obstacles to hurdle with mental health awareness," 15 Feb. 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 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Resource.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 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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