resource

[ree-sawrs, -sohrs, -zawrs, -zohrs, ri-sawrs, -sohrs, -zawrs, -zohrs]
noun
1.
a source of supply, support, or aid, especially one that can be readily drawn upon when needed.
2.
resources, the collective wealth of a country or its means of producing wealth.
3.
Usually, resources. money, or any property that can be converted into money; assets.
4.
Often, resources. an available means afforded by the mind or one's personal capabilities: to have resource against loneliness.
5.
an action or measure to which one may have recourse in an emergency; expedient.
6.
capability in dealing with a situation or in meeting difficulties: a woman of resource.

Origin:
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

resourceless, adjective
resourcelessness, noun


1, 5. resort. 5. means, contrivance, shift. 6. inventiveness, adapability, ingenuity, cleverness.
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resource (rɪˈzɔːs, -ˈsɔːs)
 
n
1.  capability, ingenuity, and initiative; quick-wittedness: a man of resource
2.  (often plural) a source of economic wealth, esp of a country (mineral, land, labour, etc) or business enterprise (capital, equipment, personnel, etc)
3.  a supply or source of aid or support; something resorted to in time of need
4.  a means of doing something; expedient
 
[C17: from Old French ressourse relief, from resourdre to rise again, from Latin resurgere, from re- + surgere to rise]
 
re'sourceless
 
adj
 
re'sourcelessness
 
n

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resource
1611, "means of supplying a want or deficiency," from Fr. resourse, from fem. pp. of O.Fr. resourdre "to rally, raise again," from L. resurgere "rise again" (see resurgent). Resources "a country's wealth" first recorded 1779.
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Idioms & Phrases

resources

see leave someone to his or her resources.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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Example sentences
Drug companies need little arm-twisting when it comes to investing their
  resources into diseases that afflict millions.
Using these resources would not be such a great idea if their extraction
  exacted unacceptable environmental costs.
Both resources are limiting the other-and both may be running short.
Now is the time to exploit space power and resources.
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