Definition of resource
1 a : 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
Examples of resource in a sentence
Oil is essentially their only resource.
The computer laboratory is an essential resource for students.
Origin and Etymology of resource
French ressource, from Old French ressourse relief, resource, from resourdre to relieve, literally, to rise again, from Latin resurgere — more at resurrection
First Known Use: circa 1611
Synonym Discussion of resource
RESOURCE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of resource for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
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