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noun resource pronunciation in American English /ˈriˌsɔrs/resource pronunciation in American English /rɪˈzɔrs/
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  1. 1
    [countable] something that you can use to help you to achieve something, especially in your work or study
    The Internet has become a valuable resource in schools.
    We have launched an appeal to set up a new library and resource center.
    resource for: Museums are important resources for teaching history.
    1. a.
      [usually plural] something such as money, workers, or equipment that can be used to help an institution or a business
      U.N. officials have called for extra financial resources to deal with the emergency.
      resource for: We are increasing resources for our emergency services.
      pool your resources (=combine them): We can pool our resources in order to lower costs.
    2. b.
      [usually plural] things such as coal, trees, and oil that exist in nature and can be used by people
      Many of these countries are rich in timber and mineral resources.
      The company plans to exploit the plentiful resources of fish in the area.
  2. 2
    [uncountable] formal the ability to deal with problems effectively
    She has shown considerable resource in creating the new team.
  3. 3


    [plural] the qualities and skills that someone has and can use for dealing with problems
    He needed all his resources to escape alive.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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