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.
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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 18 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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