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"resource" in British English

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resourcenoun

uk   /rɪˈzɔːs/ /ˈriː.sɔːs/  us   /ˈriː.sɔːrs/  /ˈriː.zɔːrs/
B2 [C usually plural] a ​useful or ​valuablepossession or ​quality of a ​country, ​organization, or ​person: The country's ​greatest resource is the ​dedication of ​itsworkers. Britain's ​mineral resources ​includecoal and ​gasdeposits.
[U] formal for resourcefulness

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resourceverb [T]

uk   /rɪˈzɔːs/ /ˈriː.sɔːs/  us   /ˈriː.sɔːrs/  /ˈriː.zɔːrs/
resourced
adjective uk   /rɪˈzɔːst/ /ˈriː.sɔːst/  us   /ˈriː.sɔːrst/  /ˈriː.zɔːrst/
It is ​widelyacknowledged that the ​welfaresystem is under-resourced.
(Definition of resource from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"resource" in American English

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resourcenoun [C]

 us   /ˈriˌsɔrs, -ˌzɔrs/
something that can be used to ​help you: The ​library was a ​valuable resource, and he ​frequently made use of it.
Resources are ​naturalsubstances such as ​water and ​wood which are ​valuable in ​supportinglife: [pl] The ​earth has ​limited resources, and if we don’t ​recycle them we use them up.
Resources are also things of ​value such as ​money or possessions that you can use when you need them: [pl] The ​government doesn’t have the resources to ​hire the ​number of ​teachersneeded.
(Definition of resource from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"resource" in Business English

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resourcenoun

uk   /rɪˈzɔːs, ˈriːsɔːs/  us   /ˈriːsɔrs/
[C, usually plural] a useful or ​valuablepossession 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 ​globalbrand. 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 ​valuablepossession, such as ​oil or ​gas, that a country has and that can be ​sold: natural/energy/water resources All ​plastics that are ​createdannuallyconsume 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.

resourceverb [T]

uk   /rɪˈzɔːs/  us   /ˈriːsɔrs/
to ​provide an ​organization or ​department with ​money or ​equipment: The ​department was chronically ​overstretched and seriously under-resourced.
(Definition of resource from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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