resource

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noun re·source \ˈrē-ˌsȯrs, -ˌzȯrs, ri-ˈ\

Definition of resource

  1. 1a :  a source of supply or support :  an available means —usually used in pluralb :  a natural source of wealth or revenue —often used in pluralc :  a natural feature or phenomenon that enhances the quality of human lifed :  computable wealth —usually used in plurale :  a source of information or expertise

  2. 2 :  something to which one has recourse in difficulty :  expedient

  3. 3 :  a possibility of relief or recovery

  4. 4 :  a means of spending one's leisure time

  5. 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


First Known Use: circa 1611

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

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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

resource

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noun re·source \ˈrē-ˌsȯrs\

Definition of resource for Students

  1. 1 resources plural :  a usable stock or supply (as of money or products)

  2. 2 :  natural resource

  3. 3 :  the ability to meet and deal with situations



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