Definition of resource noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//rɪˈsɔːs//
    , BrE//ˈzɔːs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈriːsɔːrs//
    , NAmE//rɪˈsɔːrs//
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  1. 1  [countable, usually plural] a supply of something that a country, an organization or a person has and can use, especially to increase their wealth the exploitation of minerals and other natural resources We do not have the resources (= money) to update our computer software. We must make the most efficient use of the available financial resources. We agreed to pool our resources (= so that everyone gives something). the allocation of limited resources CollocationsThe environmentEnvironmental damage cause/​contribute to climate change/​global warming produce pollution/​CO2/greenhouse (gas) emissions damage/​destroy the environment/​a marine ecosystem/​the ozone layer/​coral reefs degrade ecosystems/​habitats/​the environment harm the environment/​wildlife/​marine life threaten natural habitats/​coastal ecosystems/​a species with extinction deplete natural resources/​the ozone layer pollute rivers and lakes/​waterways/​the air/​the atmosphere/​the environment/​oceans contaminate groundwater/​the soil/​food/​crops log forests/​rainforests/​treesProtecting the environment address/​combat/​tackle the threat/​effects/​impact of climate change fight/​take action on/​reduce/​stop global warming limit/​curb/​control air/​water/​atmospheric/​environmental pollution cut/​reduce pollution/​greenhouse gas emissions offset carbon/​CO2 emissions reduce (the size of) your carbon footprint achieve/​promote sustainable development preserve/​conserve biodiversity/​natural resources protect endangered species/​a coastal ecosystem prevent/​stop soil erosion/​overfishing/​massive deforestation/​damage to ecosystems raise awareness of environmental issues save the planet/​the rainforests/​an endangered speciesEnergy and resources conserve/​save/​consume/​waste energy manage/​exploit/​be rich in natural resources dump/​dispose of hazardous/​toxic/​nuclear waste dispose of/​throw away litter/(especially British English) rubbish/(especially North American English) garbage/(North American English) trash/​sewage use/​be made from recycled/​recyclable/​biodegradable material recycle bottles/​packaging/​paper/​plastic/​waste promote/​encourage recycling/​sustainable development/​the use of renewable energy develop/​invest in/​promote renewable energy reduce your dependence/​reliance on fossil fuels get/​obtain/​generate/​produce electricity from wind, solar and wave power/​renewable sources build/​develop a (50-megawatt/​offshore) wind farm install/​be fitted with/​be powered by solar panels see also human resources
  2. 2  [countable] something that can be used to help achieve an aim, especially a book, equipment, etc. that provides information for teachers and students The database could be used as a teaching resource in colleges. Time is your most valuable resource, especially in examinations. resource books for teachers a library resource centre
  3. 3resources [plural] personal qualities such as courage and imagination that help you deal with difficult situations He has no inner resources and hates being alone.
  4. Word Originearly 17th cent.: from obsolete French ressourse, feminine past participle (used as a noun) of Old French dialect resourdre ‘rise again, recover’ (based on Latin surgere ‘to rise’).Extra examples Lack of resources has prevented the company from investing in new technology. More resources need to be committed to the development. Resources are being poured into the Olympic site. She is someone of considerable personal resources. The Olympics may stretch the country’s resources to breaking point. The library is an enormous resource for historians of medieval France. The school has limited financial resources. They are focusing their resources on improving the infrastructure. We do not have the resources to update our computer software. We must make the most efficient use of the available resources. We need to manage our resources better. We’ll get by if we pool our resources. the government’s role in diverting resources into social policies to mobilize resources in the community to provide shelter for the homeless Make proper use of the resources available. We agreed to pool our resources. the exploitation of minerals and other natural resources
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