from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Something that can be used for support or help: The local library is a valuable resource.
- n. An available supply that can be drawn on when needed. Often used in the plural.
- n. The ability to deal with a difficult or troublesome situation effectively; initiative: a person of resource.
- n. Means that can be used to cope with a difficult situation. Often used in the plural: needed all my intellectual resources for the exam.
- n. The total means available for economic and political development, such as mineral wealth, labor force, and armaments.
- n. The total means available to a company for increasing production or profit, including plant, labor, and raw material; assets.
- n. Such means considered individually.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Something that one uses to achieve an objective, e.g. raw materials or personnel.
- n. A person's capacity to deal with difficulty.
- v. To supply with resources
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. That to which one resorts orr on which one depends for supply or support; means of overcoming a difficulty; resort; expedient.
- n. Pecuniary means; funds; money, or any property that can be converted into supplies; available means or capabilities of any kind.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Any source of aid or support; an expedient to which one may resort; means yet untried; resort.
- n. plural Pecuniary means; funds; money or any property that can be converted into supplies; means of raising money or supplies.
- n. plural Available means or capabilities of any kind.
- n. He always had the full command of all the resources of one of the most fertile minds that ever existed.
- n. Synonyms Resort, etc. See expedient.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. available source of wealth; a new or reserve supply that can be drawn upon when needed
- n. the ability to deal resourcefully with unusual problems
- n. a source of aid or support that may be drawn upon when needed
Obsolete French, from Old French, from feminine past participle of resourdre, to rise again, from Latin resurgere : re-, re- + surgere, to rise; see surge.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French resource ("a source, spring"), from Old French resourdre, from Latin resurgere ("to rise again, spring up anew"). See resourd, resurgent, source. (Wiktionary)