I. resource re‧source 1 [rɪˈzɔːs, -ˈsɔːs ǁ ˈriːsɔːrs] noun [countable usually plural]
1. COMMERCE something such as money, property, skill, labour etc that a company has available:

• We have the necessary financial resources to respond to these problems.

• The fall in industrial production will free up resources to create a consumer economy.

2. ECONOMICS something such as oil, land, or natural energy that exists in a country and can be used to increase its wealth:

• Namibia has substantial coal resources and diamond deposits.

• Natural gas is an environmentally clean natural resource.

  [m0] II. resource re‧source 2 [rɪˈzɔːs, -ˈsɔːs ǁ -ˈsɔːrs] verb [transitive] FINANCE
to provide money or other resources that are needed to do particular work:

• The program wasn't adequately resourced.

— resourcing noun [uncountable] :

• The initiative failed because of inadequate resourcing.

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resource UK US /rɪˈzɔːs/, /ˈriːsɔːs/ US  /ˈriːsɔrs/ noun
[C, usually plural] a useful or valuable possession or quality that a person or organization has, for example, money, time, or skills: have the resources to do sth »

The company has the resources and infrastructure to manage a global brand.


We lack the resources to do the job properly.

limited/scarce resources »

The department has limited resources, and would struggle to cope in such a situation.

pool/share resources »

When times are hard we are asked to pool our resources, but it doesn't always work.


financial/capital resources


IT/technical resources

[C, usually plural] NATURAL RESOURCES a useful or valuable possession, such as oil or gas, that a country has and that can be sold: natural/energy/water resources »

All plastics that are created annually consume 2 to 4% of America's energy resources.


Despite being rich in resources like timber and minerals, the country's outlook is bleak.

[U] (also resourcefulness) the ability to make decisions and act on your own: »

He has great resource.

See also HUMAN RESOURCE(Cf. ↑human resource) noun, NATURAL RESOURCES(Cf. ↑natural resources)
resource UK US /rɪˈzɔːs/ US  /ˈriːsɔrs/ verb [T]
to provide an organization or department with money or equipment: »

The department was chronically overstretched and seriously under-resourced.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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