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From Old French resource ‎(a source, spring), from Old French resourdre, from Latin resurgere ‎(to rise again, spring up anew). See resourd, resurgent, source.



resource ‎(plural resources)

  1. Something that one uses to achieve an objective, e.g. raw materials or personnel.
    • 2013 September-October, Michael Sivak, “Will AC Put a Chill on the Global Energy Supply?”, American Scientist: 
      Nevertheless, it is clear that the global energy demand for air-conditioning will grow substantially as nations become more affluent, [] . This trend will put additional strain not only on global energy resources but also on the environmental prospects of a warming planet.
  2. A person's capacity to deal with difficulty.
    a man/woman of resource
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 17, The Mirror and the Lamp:
      This time was most dreadful for Lilian. Thrown on her own resources and almost penniless, she maintained herself and paid the rent of a wretched room near the hospital by working as a charwoman, sempstress, anything. In a moment she had dropped to the level of a casual labourer.

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resource ‎(third-person singular simple present resources, present participle resourcing, simple past and past participle resourced)

  1. To supply with resources.
    • 1999, Keith Ballard, Inclusive Education[1], ISBN 0750709340, page 160:
      All children receive it and, for the most part, do so in institutions that are approved by the state and, to a greater or lesser extent, resourced by the state.



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From the past participle of the verb resourdre, itself from Latin resurgō.


resource f ‎(oblique plural resources, nominative singular resource, nominative plural resources)

  1. act of raising