How to pronounce


The word "resources" can be pronounced with attention to its constituent sounds, aiding both British and American English speakers. Here are the IPA transcriptions for each:

  • American Pronunciation: /ˈriː.sɔːrsɪz/
    • Begins with the /ˈriː/ sound, a long 'ee' as in "see," where the mouth is slightly stretched into a smile and the tongue is high in the mouth.
    • Followed by the /sɔːr/ part, combining a 's' sound with an 'or' sound that is pronounced with rounded lips and a bit more prolonged than in British English.
    • Ends with the /sɪz/ sound, starting with an 's' and then the /ɪz/ sound, which is the plural marker often pronounced with an added vowel sound to ease the transition between the two consonants.
  • British Pronunciation: /ˈrɪˌsɔːsɪz/
    • Starts with the /ˈrɪ/ sound, where the mouth is less open than the American 'ee' sound, and the tongue is closer to the front of the mouth.
    • The /sɔːs/ part is similar to the American pronunciation but tends to have a slightly shorter 'or' sound due to the accent differences.
    • Ends with the /ɪz/ sound, just like in American English, denoting the plural form of the word.

Definition of


Resources (n): A broad term that encompasses various types of assets, supplies, or materials that can be drawn upon by a person or organization in order to function effectively. Resources can include natural materials, financial wealth, human skills, and technological assets, among others.

What does it mean


The word "resources" comes from the French "ressource," which was derived from the Old French "ressourdre" meaning "to rally, raise again, recover," literally "rise up again," from "re-" (again) + "sourdre" (to rise, spring up). This term is from the Latin "surgere," combining "sub" (up from below) + "regere" (to direct, straighten, guide). Initially, it emphasized the action of recovery or renewal, reflecting the ability to find new strength or materials. Over time, "resources" evolved in English to refer more broadly to any means of support or aid, especially those that can be readily used when needed.

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