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resource

[ree-sawrs, -sohrs, -zawrs, -zohrs, ri-sawrs, -sohrs, -zawrs, -zohrs] /ˈri sɔrs, -soʊrs, -zɔrs, -zoʊrs, rɪˈsɔrs, -ˈsoʊrs, -ˈzɔrs, -ˈzoʊrs/
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
1640-1650
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
Synonyms
1, 5. resort. 5. means, contrivance, shift. 6. inventiveness, adapability, ingenuity, cleverness.
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Examples for resources
  • 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.
  • Positive emotions help us build enduring personal resources, such as problem-solving skills, coordination and social resources.
  • One hypothesis suggests scarce natural resources are the cause.
  • He sees how the world can be made better with the strategic and daring use of time, talent and resources.
  • Its technical precision amazes modern architects and engineers, especially in light of the available resources.
  • The main renewable resources are plants and animals.
  • Wherever there is affluence, and a welfare state, people use their resources to get places of their own.
British Dictionary definitions for resources

resource

/rɪˈzɔːs; -ˈsɔːs/
noun
1.
capability, ingenuity, and initiative; quick-wittedness a man of resource
2.
(often pl) 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
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 resources

resource

n.

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.

v.

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

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