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 All three segments - construction, resource, and energy and transportation - saw over 20% sales growth. Trefis Team, Forbes, 21 June 2022 On Monday, the day following the official holiday, all San Diego County offices, family resource centers, libraries and animal shelters will be closed. Deborah Sullivan Brennan, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 June 2022 However, my agencies will bring every appropriate resource to bear to get to the bottom of this tragic event. Oren Oppenheim, ABC News, 15 June 2022 Missouri has long been one of the nation’s leading suppliers of tax dollars for pregnancy resource centers. Jeremy Kohler, ProPublica, 9 June 2022 Later that month, the city council approved another moratorium on homeless resource centers for another year. Paighten Harkins, The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 May 2022 Mayfield: The county will have a $2.8 billion budget to spend, and expanding dual-diagnosis resource centers should be at the top of budget priorities. oregonlive, 29 Apr. 2022 The next few months demand the greatest outpouring of support for pregnancy resource centers in history. Tim Busch, National Review, 24 Apr. 2022 Atlanta is opening five resource centers to support small businesses in the community. Wilborn P. Nobles Iii, ajc, 28 Mar. 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 27 Jun. 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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