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Etymology 1Edit

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.

Etymology 2Edit

re- +‎ source


resource (third-person singular simple present resources, present participle resourcing, simple past and past participle resourced)

  1. To source anew or differently; to find or provide a new source for.
    • 2011 December 16, Thiess Buettner; Wolfgang Ochel, The Continuing Evolution of Europe, MIT Press, →ISBN, page 41:
      European retailers resourcing supplies from domestic to foreign firms generate adjustment pressures in the European Union in the same way that cross-border production unbundling does. Also, more channels with a potential impact on []
    • 2018 May 30, Laura Brennan, The Duke of Monmouth: Life and Rebellion, Pen and Sword, →ISBN:
      [The] army found themselves having problems resourcing supplies for their army. The capture of the fortified city of Maastricht would help alleviate this strategical problem of unreliable sources of supplies and would allow Catholic France to []


Old FrenchEdit


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