re·source·ful | \ri-ˈsȯrs-fəl, -ˈzȯrs-\

Definition of resourceful 

: able to meet situations : capable of devising ways and means a resourceful leader

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resourcefully \ri-ˈsȯrs-fə-lē, -ˈzȯrs- \ adverb
resourcefulness noun

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Yet the dances makes spines and legs look just as lavishly resourceful. New York Times, "Review: Pam Tanowitz’s ‘Four Quartets’ Hits Poetic Heights," 8 July 2018 In its favor, Damascus Cover is handsomely shot in summery colors by cinematographer Chloe Thomson, who makes resourceful use of aerial drone footage of Berlin, Tel Aviv and Casablanca, which stands in for Damascus. Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Damascus Cover': Film Review," 4 July 2018 McKenzie plays the resourceful Tom, who lives in the woods of a sprawling Oregon park with her dad, Will (Ben Foster), a war veteran struggling with PTSD. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "Exclusive video: See why critics say 'Leave No Trace' star is the next Jennifer Lawrence," 29 June 2018 One of the biggest box-office hits of the blaxploitation era, Super Fly followed in the footsteps of MGM's Shaft (1971) with its strong, resourceful black protagonist, the well-coiffed Youngblood Priest. J.r. Jones, Chicago Reader, "Superfly rolls back the clock on African-American movie heroes," 21 June 2018 In the Thursday’s first semifinal, Kerber, the highest seed remaining at No. 11, was much too steady and resourceful for another power player, 21-year-old Jelena Ostapenko. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Serena Williams, Enjoying Every Moment, Is Back in the Wimbledon Final," 12 July 2018 MacGyver, season one Lucas Till stars as incredibly resourceful sleuth Angus MacGyver in this bland reboot of the 1985 TV series. Chris Ball,, "Gary Oldman in 'Darkest Hour,' now on DVD and Blu-ray (review)," 5 Mar. 2018 Sure, bikes don’t have to be expensive to be great, and the resourceful cyclist knows how to conjure up something from nothing out of the parts bin down at the bike co-op. Eben Weiss, Outside Online, "No, Cycling Isn't Elitist," 5 July 2018 This is largely due to canny official control over the economy, combined with some equally resourceful gathering of technology. Time, "Beneath the Glitz of a Ford Automobile Launch in China, Fears of a Trade War Remain," 12 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of resourceful

1851, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of resourceful

: able to deal well with new or difficult situations and to find solutions to problems


re·source·ful | \ri-ˈsȯrs-fəl \

Kids Definition of resourceful

: clever in dealing with problems

Other Words from resourceful

resourcefulness noun

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