What does resource mean?

Definitions for resource
ˈri sɔrs, -soʊrs, -zɔrs, -zoʊrs; rɪˈsɔrs, -ˈsoʊrs, -ˈzɔrs, -ˈzoʊrsre·source

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word resource.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. resourcenoun

    available source of wealth; a new or reserve supply that can be drawn upon when needed

  2. resourcenoun

    a source of aid or support that may be drawn upon when needed

    "the local library is a valuable resource"

  3. resource, resourcefulness, imaginationnoun

    the ability to deal resourcefully with unusual problems

    "a man of resource"


  1. resourcenoun

    Something that one uses to achieve an objective, e.g. raw materials or personnel.

    Etymology: From resource, from resourdre, from resurgere. See resourd, resurgent, source.

  2. resourcenoun

    A person's capacity to deal with difficulty.

    a man/woman of resource

    Etymology: From resource, from resourdre, from resurgere. See resourd, resurgent, source.

  3. resourceverb

    To supply with resources

    Etymology: From resource, from resourdre, from resurgere. See resourd, resurgent, source.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Resourcenoun

    that to which one resorts orr on which one depends for supply or support; means of overcoming a difficulty; resort; expedient

  2. Resourcenoun

    pecuniary means; funds; money, or any property that can be converted into supplies; available means or capabilities of any kind


  1. Resource

    A resource is a source or supply from which benefit is produced. Typically resources are materials, money, services, staff, or other assets that are transformed to produce benefit and in the process may be consumed or made unavailable. Benefits of resource utilization may include increased wealth, meeting needs or wants, proper functioning of a system, or enhanced well being. From a human perspective a natural resource is anything obtained from the environment to satisfy human needs and wants. From a broader biological or ecological perspective a resource satisfies the needs of a living organism. The concept of resources has been applied in diverse realms, including with respect to economics, biology, computer science, land management, and human resources, and is linked to the concepts of competition, sustainability, conservation, and stewardship. In application within human society, commercial or non-commercial factors require resource allocation through resource management. Resources have three main characteristics: utility, limited availability, and potential for depletion or consumption. Resources have been variously categorized as biotic versus abiotic, renewable versus non-renewable, and potential versus actual, along with more elaborate classifications.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Resource

    re-sōrs′, n. a source of help: an expedient: (pl.) means of raising money: means of any kind: funds.—adj. Resource′ful, shifty.—n. Resource′fulness.—adj. Resource′less. [O. Fr. resourceresourdre—L. resurgĕre, to rise again.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. resource

    Expedient. A good seaman is ever a man of resources.

Editors Contribution

  1. resource

    A type of natural matter or energy that has the capacity to create a form of power

    Natural resources include wind power, solar farms, tide power, hybrid solar power and hydroelectric power

    Submitted by MaryC on April 26, 2020  
  2. resource

    An item of support to use for a just and fair purpose.

    The company and society had an ethical responsibility to use its resource wisely.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 13, 2020  
  3. resource

    People who work together as a united team.

    The company knew it only had a business as the employees worked efficiently to provide their goods, products and deliveries to their customers.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 5, 2020  

Matched Categories

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'resource' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4225

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'resource' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3485

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'resource' in Nouns Frequency: #341

How to pronounce resource?

How to say resource in sign language?


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of resource in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of resource in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of resource in a Sentence

  1. Mariposa County Sheriff Jeremy Briese:

    We know the family and friends of John and Ellen are desperate for answers, our team of detectives are working round the clock, cases like this require us to be methodical and thorough while also reaching out to every resource we can find to help us bring those answers to them as quickly as we can.

  2. Governor Bill Walker:

    The vision of the Permanent Fund was to turn a nonrenewable resource into a renewable one, and it is our job to determine how to best use and protect that gift for the benefit of all Alaskans.

  3. Jennifer Robinson:

    We are talking about collateral murder, evidence of war crimes, they are a remarkable resource for those of us seeking to hold governments to account for abuses.

  4. Lloyd Austin:

    ISIL needs those funds to pay their fighters, to recruit new fighters and to conduct their various maligned activities, you know, we said from the outset of this campaign that to defeat ISIL, we're going to have to take away its ability to resource.

  5. Bon Apptit digital director:

    We have a very structured database of recipes that could give Watson this incredible resource.

Images & Illustrations of resource

  1. resourceresourceresourceresourceresource

Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for resource

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for resource »


Find a translation for the resource definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:

Discuss these resource definitions with the community:



    Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


    "resource." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2021. Web. 23 Oct. 2021. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/resource>.

    Are we missing a good definition for resource? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Browse Definitions.net

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!


    Are you a words master?

    the substance that is acted upon by an enzyme or ferment
    • A. auspices
    • B. rung
    • C. calcaneus
    • D. substrate

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for resource: