resource

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

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. resorptive,
  2. resort,
  3. resorter,
  4. resound,
  5. resounding,
  6. resourceful,
  7. resources,
  8. resp.,
  9. respawn,
  10. respect

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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British Dictionary definitions for resources

resource

noun

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
Derived Formsresourceless, adjectiveresourcelessness, noun

Word Origin for resource

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
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Idioms and Phrases with resources

resources

see leave someone to his or her resources.

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