resource

A resource is any personal talent or outside supply that can be tapped for help or support.

Resource comes from an old French word meaning "relief" or "recovery," which certainly ties in with the idea of a resource being something that offers necessary aid. However, the word resource also refers to the natural resources available in and on our Earth — things that we are constantly drawing on and depleting, such as our trees, ores, and atmosphere. Once such a natural resource is used up, it’s usually gone forever, and is no longer a resource.

Definitions of resource
  1. noun
    a source of aid or support that may be drawn upon when needed
    “the local library is a valuable resource
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    aid, assistance, help
    a resource
    recourse, refuge, resort
    something or someone turned to for assistance or security
    resourcefulness
    the quality of being able to cope with a difficult situation
    inner resource
    a resource provided by the mind or one's personal capabilities
    trump, trump card
    a final factor or resource that determines an outcome
    shadow
    refuge from danger or observation
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    asset, plus
    a useful or valuable quality
  2. noun
    available source of wealth; a new or reserve supply that can be drawn upon when needed
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    natural resource, natural resources
    resources (actual and potential) supplied by nature
    labor resources
    resources of available manpower
    bread and butter, keep, livelihood, living, support, sustenance
    the financial means whereby one lives
    backing, financial backing, financial support, funding, support
    financial resources provided to make some project possible
    ways and means
    resources available to meet expenses (especially legislation for raising revenue for a government)
    land resources
    natural resources in the form of arable land
    mineral resources
    natural resources in the form of minerals
    renewable resource
    any natural resource (as wood or solar energy) that can be replenished naturally with the passage of time
    amenities, comforts, conveniences, creature comforts
    things that make you comfortable and at ease
    maintenance
    means of maintenance of a family or group
    meal ticket
    a source of income or livelihood
    subsistence
    minimal (or marginal) resources for subsisting
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    assets
    anything of material value or usefulness that is owned by a person or company
  3. noun
    the ability to deal resourcefully with unusual problems
    “a man of resource
    synonyms: imagination, resourcefulness
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    armory, armoury, inventory
    a collection of resources
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    cleverness, ingeniousness, ingenuity, inventiveness
    the power of creative imagination
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