- 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 resources
At such a moment, the pilot has no resources other than his own instincts and experience.Flight 8501 Poses Question: Are Modern Jets Too Automated to Fly?
January 4, 2015
The resources were what you might expect: Dining room, a media center, a library, a TV room, a meeting room, a computer room.His First Day Out Of Jail After 40 Years: Adjusting To Life Outside
January 3, 2015
First, we need to change the debate—to focus at least as much on the quality of resources as the quantity.Can the U.S. Government Go Moneyball?
Peter Orszag, Jim Nussle
December 23, 2014
With its vast web of resources and services, including its support groups, the Center has often helped save these people lives.The LGBT Center That Changed Our Lives
December 22, 2014
The talks and other resources we create will be edited, professionally produced, and shared online around the world.Quorum: Global LGBT Voices
December 10, 2014
The resources of this country are almost beyond computation.
To that end we will devote our strength, our resources, and our firmness of resolve.
We prove that we are nearer the truth by our greater command of the Father's resources.The Conquest of Fear
Most of the officers were gone and this threw me pretty much on my own resources.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
The tale of the resources of California—vegetable and mineral—is a fairy-tale.American Notes
- 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 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.
1975, from resource (n.). Related: Resourced; resourcing.
Idioms and Phrases with resources
see leave someone to his or her resources.