re·​source | \ˈrē-ˌsȯrs, -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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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.

Recent Examples on the Web

Information about the above bills was pulled from Ballotpedia, a nonpartisan resource. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "Abortion Measures in the Midterms You Really, Really Need to Know About," 26 Oct. 2018 There will be educational resources on suspicious activity, neighborhood watch, residential security, preventing burglary along with identity theft, vehicle theft, crime prevention services and personal safety. Linda Mcintosh,, "Lions Club member receives fellowship award news," 14 July 2018 There is a helpful resource for caregivers called The Caregiver Support Program. Courant Community, "Community News For The Windsor Locks Edition," 10 July 2018 Labour, like data, is a resource that is hard to pin down. The Economist, "What if people were paid for their data?," 7 July 2018 In the late nineteenth century, many saw physical energy as a finite resource that had to be carefully parceled out, not a power that could be renewed through exercise. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Wheel, the Woman, and the Human Body," 6 July 2018 Fortunately, there are resources out there to provide gardeners with some guidance. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "Gardeners can go from OK to superb with the help of these websites," 6 July 2018 This young lady is both the best friend my daughter has ever had and a bright young girl who could really benefit from this school, which has far more resources to help her get college scholarships than her public school would. Carolyn Hax, The Seattle Times, "Friend’s family rebuffed tuition offer; how else can they help this student?," 13 Nov. 2018 The software has a fairly minimal impact on system resources, and the interface is pretty straightforward with some solid features beyond antivirus such as file encryption, file shredding, and the True Key password manager. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "Protect up to five PCs with McAfee Total Protection for just $20 today," 25 Oct. 2018

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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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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 \

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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