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resource

noun
 
 
/rɪˈzɔːs, ˈriːsɔːs/ US   /ˈriːsɔrs/
[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 noun , natural resources
Translations of “resource”
in Korean 자원…
in Arabic مَوْرِد…
in French ressource(s), ressources…
in Turkish kaynak, olanak, imkân…
in Italian risorsa…
in Chinese (Traditional) 資源, 財力, 素質…
in Russian ресурсы…
in Polish zasób, środki…
in Spanish recurso, recursos, inventiva…
in Portuguese recurso…
in German Mittel(pl.), die Reichtümer(pl.), die Findigkeit…
in Catalan recurs…
in Japanese 資源, 資金…
in Chinese (Simplified) 资源, 财力, 素质…
(Definition of resource noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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