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human resources

[ hyoo-muhn ree-sawr-sis, ree-zawr-siz, yoo-muhn ]
/ ˈhyu mən ˈri sɔr sɪs, ˈri zɔr sɪz, ˈyu mən /
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noun
(used with a plural verb) people, especially the personnel employed by a given company, institution, or the like.
(used with a singular verb) human resources department.
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Also called HR [eych-ahr] /ˈeɪtʃˈɑr/ .

Origin of human resources

First recorded in 1965–70
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British Dictionary definitions for human resources

human resources

pl n
  1. the workforce of an organization
  2. (as modifier)human-resources management; human-resources officer
  1. the office or department in an organization that interviews, appoints, or keeps records of employees
  2. (as modifier)a human-resources consultancy
the contribution to an employing organization which its workforce could provide in effort, skills, knowledge, etc
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