Definition of resource in English:

resource

Pronunciation /rɪˈsɔːs//rɪˈzɔːs/

noun

  • 1usually resourcesA stock or supply of money, materials, staff, and other assets that can be drawn on by a person or organization in order to function effectively.

    ‘local authorities complained that they lacked resources’
    • ‘That led to unnecessary expenditures of financial and material resources.’
    • ‘This analysis allows the manager of change to allocate resources more effectively.’
    • ‘Organizational readiness refers to the level of financial and technological resources available to the organization.’
    • ‘Financial and material resources are often shared, and child fostering is common.’
    • ‘This means that they must have sufficient financial and other resources to function as a business on a lasting basis.’
    • ‘They are expected to exercise due diligence and due care to protect and enhance the resources of their organizations.’
    • ‘Carry out detailed market research before committing financial and staff resources to new products or services.’
    • ‘Economic challenges are the dynamics linked to the production and distribution of resources among transport organizations.’
    • ‘Sophisticated command centre software can organise the recovery of data and help manage resources more effectively.’
    • ‘The consequences are a misallocation of resources, wasted resources and impaired financial assets.’
    • ‘Of course, the board must be provided with sufficient staff and resources if it is to perform its functions efficiently.’
    • ‘States could raise armies, but they lacked the resources and organization to turn them into effective instruments of policy.’
    • ‘Small organizations can pool resources, but they may then find problems in agreeing on priorities and tactics.’
    • ‘Schools do not have the money, resources, or staff to properly evaluate many of these children.’
    • ‘Lack of material resources cannot be regarded as the sole obstacle.’
    • ‘Owing to lack of staff resources, one unit did not start to implement and one did not fully implement the protocol.’
    • ‘Applicants must have the financial and technical resources to mine effectively and safely.’
    • ‘In all projects, the costs consist of manpower and materials resources.’
    • ‘Others were frustrated by the group's lack of organization and resources.’
    • ‘Both decline types are likely to result in the deterioration of financial performance and level of resources in any organization.’
    assets, funds, wealth, money, riches, capital, deep pockets
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    1. 1.1resources A country's collective means of supporting itself or becoming wealthier, as represented by its reserves of minerals, land, and other natural assets.
      ‘Japan's exploitation of commercially important marine resources’
      • ‘Africa, though endowed with a wealth of minerals and other resources, is the poorest continent in the world.’
      • ‘The planet has limited natural resources, mineral resources and so forth.’
      • ‘They invested in trade, in government loans, in the mineral resources of their land, as well as in improved farming and in renting out farming land.’
      • ‘He ended up leaving in frustration, because his village was poor and had no natural or economic resources.’
      • ‘Alaska has a fund through which the state distributes the economic rewards of its ownership of land and mineral resources.’
      • ‘‘There are massive opportunities in mineral resources in the far east,’ he said.’
      • ‘The largest problems they face now are lack of adequate funds to maintain proper care of their animals and dwindling land resources.’
      • ‘Could native title rights extend to ownership of mineral resources beneath land and waters?’
      • ‘The surveys were established with a narrow mandate to support mineral and energy resources.’
      • ‘Membership would lower the island's high food prices, but it might reduce local control over land and sea resources.’
      • ‘Significantly, the decision means that native title holders do not own the petroleum or mineral resources on their traditional lands.’
      • ‘Palm oil production, fish, and now black gold and natural gas are major resources, as is education.’
      • ‘Those resources might be land or industry or mineral wealth or the environment.’
      • ‘Once again the government wanted an official investigation of the mineral resources of the north.’
      • ‘Highly favorable terms will be offered on land and mineral resources use.’
      • ‘This is apparent when one examines land claims by indigenous peoples as the claimed land is often rich in mineral resources.’
      • ‘So far we have been fighting for land, water, minerals and other resources.’
      • ‘This is about life, and the land and resources that support our existence and well-being.’
      • ‘For many countries, especially in the developing world, marine resources represent a great asset.’
      • ‘Land and mineral resources are owned by the state, which decides to whom the right to use land is given for different purposes.’
    2. 1.2 A source of help or information.
      ‘census records are an invaluable resource for the historian’
      ‘the database could be used as a reference and teaching resource’
      • ‘Additional information technology and information resources will be needed to monitor progress.’
      • ‘By sharing information and resources across divisions we will be able to offer customers a wider choice of services.’
      • ‘Many people lack ready access to computer technologies and the Internet's information and communication resources.’
      • ‘They aim to leverage additional learning resources from non-government sources.’
      • ‘This website carries news and information resources on the state of the arts in that country.’
      • ‘BMJ Learning offers online learning resources to help you with your appraisal and revalidation.’
      • ‘It probably would, because it would centralize the resources and information involved in protecting the country.’
      • ‘Their main duties were to track resources, co-ordinate information and help to predict the fire's path.’
      • ‘We collected data on use of resources from two sources.’
      • ‘Let nobody ever say that the internet is not a valuable information resource.’
      • ‘Be aware of it, but make sure when you leave, you know where the sources of information and resources are.’
      • ‘A refugee doctors' guide has proved an invaluable information resource to refugee doctors and agencies assisting them.’
      • ‘Most of our members are first time computer users and new to the Internet, so we try and provide lots of help and learning resources online.’
      • ‘Access to worldwide information resources is exhilarating and liberating.’
      • ‘For information resources, another column looked at collections of ready-reference sources.’
      • ‘Addressing these obstacles could lead to better patient care by improving clinically oriented information resources.’
      • ‘The site also provides a useful route into external information resources and references of interest.’
      • ‘Schools, meanwhile, will get extra resources and information packs.’
      • ‘We are at the crossroads to position ourselves as the source and resource of relevant information, knowledge, and insight.’
      • ‘Feel free to contact me for information on resources to help you get organized.’
      facility, amenity, aid, help, service, support, solution
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    3. 1.3resourcesNorth American Available assets.
      • ‘This will become more important in future years as investment resources become less available.’
      • ‘This limits the resources available for investments in the country's deteriorated public infrastructure.’
      • ‘It is essential for a company to assess its available resources.’
      • ‘A bankruptcy judge would divide the available resources among the creditors.’
      • ‘Thus the tax burden will be eased by up to 600 million leva, leaving considerable investment resources available to businesses.’
  • 2An action or strategy which may be adopted in adverse circumstances.

    ‘sometimes anger is the only resource left in a situation like this’
    • ‘He did not rely on his own resource, friendship with Pharaoh or past accomplishments.’
    • ‘She knew she was pushing her intellectual resource beyond its limit.’
    • ‘The Indians adapted to the invasion, indicating they were not a passive and static element, and adopted a new resource use strategy that tied their fate to that of the bison.’
    • ‘These results imply that males adaptively change their resource allocation strategy during the course of the season.’
    expedient, resort, means, measure, method, course, way, scheme, plan, plot, stratagem, manoeuvre, machination, agency, trick, ruse, artifice, device, tool
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    1. 2.1resources Personal attributes and capabilities regarded as able to help or sustain one in adverse circumstances.
      ‘we had been left very much to our own resources’
      • ‘Linda believes nurses must be sensitive, have good personal resources, including humour, and have grasped their own perspective on death and dying.’
      • ‘I finally think that I may now have developed the insight and personal resources that I didn't have before that can help stop it coming back.’
      • ‘They also identified the personal resources on which they drew to initiate and maintain the activity.’
      • ‘Both the strength and resources of the people had been exhausted.’
      • ‘Too often, young people who are having social integration difficulties, and their families, are left to their own resources.’
      • ‘The implication is that, left to their own resources, most mothers and fathers are unlikely to cope today.’
      • ‘OK, maybe one person in a million has the innate talent, resources and organizational skills to do it.’
      • ‘I don't have the personal emotional resources to be able to reply to these people, and I don't know what it is that I do or write that makes people turn to me.’
      • ‘He admits that his coping skills and personal resources were stretched beyond their limits and he lashed out in a temper outburst.’
      • ‘If I went back over my past in order to write this novel, it was also to ease a hidden pain and to augment my inner resources, to be able, later on, to write an even better work.’
      • ‘Left to their own resources, all they can hope to accomplish is crisis management.’
      • ‘In homes where involvement with and supervision of children is poor, children are left to their own resources as soon as they are physically able.’
      • ‘It's a perplexing artistic problem, and they don't have deep personal resources to tap.’
      • ‘Another is the overall commitment of time and resources, both personal and financial.’
      • ‘It may be that these women had the least personal resources in being able to cope with and respond to the risk that had occurred.’
    2. 2.2dated mass noun The ability to find clever ways to overcome difficulties; resourcefulness.
      ‘a man of resource’
      • ‘He has already shown us that he is a man of resource. So why don't we have a quiet dinner, then go and see an opera?’
      • ‘It is not because of any limit in Divine resource and ability, for God has none.’
      • ‘It's a day to remember that keeping one half of humankind under life-long subjugation through unwritten laws and warped thinking is a waste of talent and human resource.’
      • ‘The book shows Washington not only as a man of resource, strength, and virtue, but also as a man with deeply held religious values.’
      initiative, resourcefulness, enterprise, imagination, imaginativeness, ingenuity, inventiveness
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    3. 2.3archaic mass noun The possibility of aid or assistance.
      ‘the flower of the French army was lost without resource’
      • ‘This surprising but logical move, defending the key pawn, leaves White utterly without resource.’
      • ‘From the stories represented in the memory-cloth project, we learn about the uneducated and underrepresented, left without resource or recourse.’
      • ‘Delivered into the world, full grown and without a guardian to teach him the ways of the human world, the creation discovers that he is alone, but not without resource.’
      • ‘The citizens must rush tumultuously to arms, without concert, without system, without resource; except in their courage and despair.’
  • 3dated A leisure occupation.

    pastime, activity, leisure activity, hobby, pursuit, interest, entertainment, recreation, diversion, amusement, divertissement
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verb

[with object]
  • Provide with resources.

    ‘a strategy which ensures that primary health care workers are adequately resourced’
    • ‘Yes, this Government continues to be committed to ensuring that schools are resourced adequately.’
    • ‘While resourcing levels are now adequate, they have only just reached this level and many officers are new to their roles.’
    • ‘Secondly, single-handed practices were capable of sophisticated asthma care, provided they were adequately resourced.’
    • ‘We also lack an adequately resourced courts system, able to process parental conflict in a timely manner.’
    • ‘The issue, then, is whether the police are resourced adequately.’
    • ‘All I did was give some parity against extremely well resourced defendants and their lawyers.’
    • ‘Our nation needs to get serious about resourcing its reserves if it's going to rely on them as heavily as it has lately.’
    • ‘The long-term aim of the project is to provide a centre that will be suitably resourced for the undertaking of genealogical research.’
    • ‘Although the inquiry costs would be saved, the new system would need to be adequately resourced, added the report.’
    • ‘Committees must be adequately resourced, an important reason why parliaments should have control of their budgets.’
    • ‘It is essential that compulsory care is adequately resourced.’
    • ‘We will also have a much better resourced London office and that's very important to our client base.’
    • ‘We hope that this office is adequately resourced to ensure that it can meet all its obligations and its goals.’
    • ‘Where a person will go to jail trials must be properly resourced on both sides.’
    • ‘The President will be supported by a deputy president and four properly resourced regional vice presidents.’
    • ‘All the schools offer a safe and comfortable environment, and are resourced and equipped to meet National Curriculum standards.’
    • ‘We have begun to lose creative scientists and researchers to larger, better resourced laboratories and libraries.’
    • ‘There is an urgent need for welfare agencies to be properly resourced to enable them to support families in crisis.’
    • ‘What is needed is for all schools to be adequately resourced and financed so as to make it possible for education standards to be improved overall.’
    • ‘So who is best resourced to cater to those needs?’

Origin

Early 17th century: from obsolete French ressourse, feminine past participle (used as a noun) of Old French dialect resourdre ‘rise again, recover’ (based on Latin surgere ‘to rise’).

Pronunciation

resource

/rɪˈsɔːs//rɪˈzɔːs/