WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
re•source /ˈrisɔrs/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. a source of supply, support, or aid, esp. one held in reserve:[countable]She is an important resource in the college because she knows how to solve so many different problems.
  2. the source of wealth of a country:[countable]rich in natural resources.
  3. Usually,  resources. [plural] money or assets:What resources do you have to be able to afford such a house?
  4. capability in dealing with a situation:[uncountable]a woman of resource.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
re•source  (rēsôrs, -sōrs, -zôrs, -zōrs, ri sôrs, -sōrs, -zôrs, -zōrs),USA pronunciation  n. 
  1. a source of supply, support, or aid, esp. 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.
re•sourceless, adj. 
re•sourceless•ness, n. 
  • Latin resurgere, equivalent. to re- re- + surgere to rise up, lift; see resurge, source
  • French ressource, Old French ressourse, noun, nominal derivative of resourdre to rise up
  • 1640–50
    • 1, 5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged resort.
    • 5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged means, contrivance, shift.
    • 6.See corresponding entry in Unabridged inventiveness, adapability, ingenuity, cleverness.

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