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[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.
  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.
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Origin of resource

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 formsre·source·less, adjectivere·source·less·ness, noun


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  1. capability, ingenuity, and initiative; quick-wittednessa 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)
  3. a supply or source of aid or support; something resorted to in time of need
  4. a means of doing something; expedient
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Derived Formsresourceless, adjectiveresourcelessness, 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



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.

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

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Idioms and Phrases with resources


see leave someone to his or her resources.

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