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 In addition to having her fire gear nearby at all times, Wigglesworth plans to focus on how government agencies perform, land-use planning and resource allocation. Los Angeles Times, "Alex Wigglesworth to cover wildfires as part of Metro’s environment team," 9 Apr. 2021 Freelon—who identifies as nonbinary and uses they/them pronouns—is the Executive Director of Lucie’s Place, a homeless shelter and resource center for LGBTQ+ young adults. Raisa Bruner, Time, "In Arkansas, Trans Youth Face the Country's Strictest Laws Yet," 9 Apr. 2021 Plank, who has worked in logistics and resource management, believes that electric unmanned aircraft will define the future of delivery. Jacob Muñoz, Smithsonian Magazine, "Drones Are Delivering Covid-19 Vaccines to Underserved Communities," 7 Apr. 2021 Warming temperatures and melting ice have opened up the possibility of new shipping routes in the Arctic Sea as well as resource extraction. Drew Hinshaw, WSJ, "China’s Rare-Earths Quest Upends Greenland’s Government," 7 Apr. 2021 There is no legal question here, only a zeal and resource question. Robert Hockett, Forbes, "The Golden Rule Of A ‘Fighting Democracy’ - Don’t Tolerate Intolerance," 7 Apr. 2021 As for coal and other resource extraction on Native land, well, that has been a bipartisan effort for as long as America has existed. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "Kick the Fracking Industry Out of Indian Country," 6 Apr. 2021 Questions of strategic planning and resource allocation will need to be addressed, all in the context of fluctuating news about the coronavirus., "Bevin O’Gara is named interim artistic director at New Rep," 30 Mar. 2021 The entire startup cost will be about $8.8 million, including $7.7 million to purchase the land and more than $1 million in initial expenses, including fencing, signage, vegetation management and resource plan management. Deborah Sullivan Brennan, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego County to buy Star Ranch in Campo for conservation plan," 21 Mar. 2021

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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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12 Apr 2021

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“Resource.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

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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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