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 Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has driven up the cost of that resource, which energy companies are passing along to consumers. Chris Morris, Fortune, 11 May 2022 The nonprofit Shatterproof developed an online resource called ATLAS, which measures facility quality. Aneri Pattani, CNN, 11 May 2022 But that kind of far-off storytelling feels like it was made for a time when the repercussions of changing climate and the inequity of natural-resource use were, in fact, far off. Heather Hansman, The Atlantic, 10 May 2022 No device, user or application is safe, and every user requires express authorization to access any resource—which an identity management system can then revoke. Nick Dearden, Forbes, 5 May 2022 Up to half of travelers from high-resource regions of the world develop diarrhea, which is usually caused by a bacteria such as E. coli, according to a 2017 study published by researchers from Helsinki. Washington Post, 5 May 2022 To corporations who are forcing their employee-resource departments to work overtime to create public-facing diversity campaigns: stop paying your employees in stale bagels. The New Yorker, 3 May 2022 And the new vaccine can't be made without one critical resource: money. NBC News, 23 Apr. 2022 One key reason is that gold is a scarce, finite resource. Robert Samuels | For Iron Monk Solutions, The Salt Lake Tribune, 18 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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“Resource.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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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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