- 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
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Examples from the Web for resource
We fight over their ownership and control, as if reality were a resource as scarce as the water and oil in Mad Max.On Torture, Chuck Johnson & Sondheim
December 13, 2014
She views music and pop culture as a resource for people to figure out where we are as a society.From Church of Christ to Pansexual Rapper
November 28, 2014
For those in the resource world, every ton of junk that goes into a landfill represents wasted energy.Garbage In, Power Out
The Daily Beast
November 24, 2014
And he used that resource to its fullest 128 years ago this week.128 Years Old and Still a Looker: Happy Birthday to Lady Liberty
October 28, 2014
And for that, it turned to the one resource it has in abundance—aside from seawater.Sun+Water= High Tech Caribbean Luxury At The Cusinart Resort
The Daily Beast
June 11, 2014
She was apt not only to know what she talked about, but she was a woman of resource, unafraid of action.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
"And have left her no other resource," said Harry, coloring still more.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
This was his only resource against the unpleasantness of the day.Weighed and Wanting
Only the people, long-suffering and generous, remain as his resource.The Call of the Twentieth Century
David Starr Jordan
But they were told, that this was the resource of the Jews of old.
- capability, ingenuity, and initiative; quick-wittednessa man of resource
- (often plural) 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
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.