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[ree-sawrs, -sohrs, -zawrs, -zohrs, ri-sawrs, -sohrs, -zawrs, -zohrs] /ˈri sɔrs, -soʊrs, -zɔrs, -zoʊrs, rɪˈsɔrs, -ˈsoʊrs, -ˈzɔrs, -ˈzoʊrs/
a source of supply, support, or aid, especially one that can be readily drawn upon when needed.
resources, the collective wealth of a country or its means of producing wealth.
Usually, resources. money, or any property that can be converted into money; assets.
Often, resources. an available means afforded by the mind or one's personal capabilities:
to have resource against loneliness.
an action or measure to which one may have recourse in an emergency; expedient.
capability in dealing with a situation or in meeting difficulties:
a woman of resource.
Origin of resource
1640-50; < French ressource, Old French ressourse, noun derivative of resourdre to rise up < Latin resurgere, equivalent to re- re- + surgere to rise up, lift; see resurge, source
Related forms
resourceless, adjective
resourcelessness, noun
1, 5. resort. 5. means, contrivance, shift. 6. inventiveness, adapability, ingenuity, cleverness. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for resource
  • In this way, the world's endless supply of problems becomes a valuable resource.
  • It may be noticed generally that slovenly and hurried writers find the infinitive a great resource.
  • Water resource officials say some of the reservoirs fed by the river will never be full again.
  • We seem to be bent on destroying every single resource and unable to talk our way out of doing so.
  • But enticed into the sugar cane field, the animals were out of their treetop habitat and competing for a concentrated resource.
  • But there is another option: motor oil as a renewable resource.
  • While water is a renewable resource, it is not as renewable as many people believe.
  • If both claim the resource and fight over it, the stronger individual wins and gains the resource.
  • Health-related issues include resource use, urban planning, and the human footprint.
  • The capital of this resource-poor nation profits as a regional banking center with a free port and modern air facilities.
British Dictionary definitions for resource


/rɪˈzɔːs; -ˈsɔːs/
capability, ingenuity, and initiative; quick-wittedness: a man of resource
(often pl) a source of economic wealth, esp of a country (mineral, land, labour, etc) or business enterprise (capital, equipment, personnel, etc)
a supply or source of aid or support; something resorted to in time of need
a means of doing something; expedient
Derived Forms
resourceless, adjective
resourcelessness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Old French ressourse relief, from resourdre to rise again, from Latin resurgere, from re- + surgere to rise
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Word Origin and History for resource

1610s, "means of supplying a want or deficiency," from French resourse "a source, spring," noun use of fem. past participle of Old French resourdre "to rally, raise again," from Latin resurgere "rise again" (see resurgent). Resources "a country's wealth" first recorded 1779.


1975, from resource (n.). Related: Resourced; resourcing.

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