[ ree-sawrs, -sohrs, -zawrs, -zohrs, ri-sawrs, -sohrs, -zawrs, -zohrs ]
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  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.

  1. Usually resources . money, or any property that can be converted into money; assets.

  2. Often resources . an available means afforded by the mind or one's personal capabilities: to have resource against loneliness.

  3. an action or measure to which one may have recourse in an emergency; expedient.

  4. capability in dealing with a situation or in meeting difficulties: a woman of resource.

Origin of resource

First recorded in 1640–50; from French ressource, Old French ressourse, noun derivative of resourdre “to rise up,” from Latin resurgere, equivalent to re- re- + surgere “to rise up, lift”; see resurge, source

Other words for resource

Other words from resource

  • re·source·less, adjective
  • re·source·less·ness, noun

Words Nearby resource Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use resource in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for resource


/ (rɪˈzɔːs, -ˈsɔːs) /

  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)

  1. a supply or source of aid or support; something resorted to in time of need

  2. a means of doing something; expedient

Origin of resource

C17: from Old French ressourse relief, from resourdre to rise again, from Latin resurgere, from re- + surgere to rise

Derived forms of resource

  • resourceless, adjective
  • resourcelessness, noun

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