Resource definition

rēsôrs, -zôrs, rĭ-sôrs, -zôrs
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Something that is available for use or that can be used for support or help.

The local library is a valuable resource.

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Ability to deal promptly and effectively with problems, difficulties, etc.; resourcefulness.
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A means of accomplishing something; measure or action that can be resorted to, as in an emergency; expedient.
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A source of strength or ability within oneself.
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The ability to deal with a difficult or troublesome situation effectively; resourcefulness.

A person of resource.

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Something that a country, state, etc. has and can use to its advantage.

Natural resources, including coal and oil.

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A means that can be used to cope with a difficult situation; an expedient.

Needed all my intellectual resources for the exam.

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An available supply, especially of money, that can be drawn on when needed.
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Available money or property; wealth; assets.
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Something that lies ready for use or that can be drawn upon for aid or to take care of a need.
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The definition of a resource is something that is ready to use if or when it is needed.

An example of resource is extra money in a savings account.

An example of resource is a friend with electrical skills who has volunteered to help install a lighting fixture.

An example of resource is spring water on a piece of land.

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The total means available for economic and political development, such as mineral wealth, labor force, and armaments.
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Something that one uses to achieve an objective, e.g. raw materials or personnel.
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The total means available to a company for increasing production or profit, including plant, labor, and raw material; assets.
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A person's capacity to deal with difficulty.

A man/woman of resource.

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To supply with resources.
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Such means considered individually.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
resource
Plural:
resources

Origin of resource

  • Obsolete French from Old French from feminine past participle of resourdre to rise again from Latin resurgere re- re- surgere to rise surge

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French resource (“a source, spring"), from Old French resourdre, from Latin resurgere (“to rise again, spring up anew"). See resourd, resurgent, source.

    From Wiktionary