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resource (n.)

1610s, "any means of supplying a want or deficiency," from French resourse "a source, a spring," noun use of fem. past participle of Old French resourdre "to rally, raise again," from Latin resurgere "rise again" (see resurgent).

The meaning "possibility of aid or assistance" (often with a negative) is by 1690s; the meaning "expedient, device, shift" also is from 1690s. Resources as "a country's wealth, means of raising money and supplies" is recorded by 1779. A library resource center was so called by 1968.

resource (v.)

"supply with resources," 1975, from resource (n.). Related: Resourced; resourcing.

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Definitions of resource from WordNet

resource (n.)
available source of wealth; a new or reserve supply that can be drawn upon when needed;
resource (n.)
a source of aid or support that may be drawn upon when needed;
the local library is a valuable resource
resource (n.)
the ability to deal resourcefully with unusual problems;
a man of resource
Synonyms: resourcefulness / imagination
From wordnet.princeton.edu