resource

noun
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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Synonyms for resource

Synonyms

expedient, recourse, resort

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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.

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Like Schneider’s use of data to increase EV efficiency and save energy, Chinese manufacturer Broad Group focuses on ways to improve sustainability by increasing the efficiency of existing resources. Fortune Editors, Fortune, "How the Energy Industry Is Using Data to Decarbonize Itself," 6 Sep. 2019 So, one of our goals is to send a lot of resources up front to minimize the size of any incident. Jessica York, The Mercury News, "Santa Cruz police arrest two in apartment building fire," 5 Sep. 2019 Once these players arrived on campus, Swinney offered them lots of religious resources. Tim Rohan, SI.com, "Faith, Football and the Fervent Religious Culture at Dabo Swinney's Clemson," 4 Sep. 2019 When birds do collide with windows, homeowners can turn to a number of resources. cleveland.com, "Cleveland Metroparks partner with Ohio Lights Out to promote bird-friendly buildings," 2 Sep. 2019 Alex Bell, a communications officer for the San Diego County Public Safety group said that, in an emergency, the region’s Office of Emergency Services uses a range of resources to identify where residents with medical needs reside. Paul Sisson, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Don’t forget your medications when building your disaster plan," 1 Sep. 2019 Mitchell said the main struggle was the limited amount of resources at the time. Kaila Contreras, Houston Chronicle, "Lake Houston reaches for full recovery 2 years after Hurricane Harvey," 1 Sep. 2019 As academic programs are re-imagined, re-located and re-opened, many school communities are mixing together for the first time, or receiving an influx of resources for the first time in years. Rebecca Lurye, courant.com, "A rousing welcome for new Milner Middle marks first day of school in Hartford," 27 Aug. 2019 Some of these resources may be recovered through VMT and congestion fees, or by replacing underutilized parking structures with new denser uses. Constantine Samaras, The Conversation, "Bargain-hunting robocars could spell the end for downtown parking – cities need to plan ahead now," 23 Aug. 2019

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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

noun

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

resource

noun
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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