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Borrowed from Middle French ressource, from Old French resourse, resource (a source, spring), from resourdre, from Latin resurgō (to rise again, spring up anew). Equivalent to re- +‎ source. 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?]”, in American Scientist[1]:
      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 or woman of resource
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 17, in The Mirror and the Lamp[2]:
      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[3], →ISBN, 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


  • English: resource
  • French: ressource