resourceful

adjective

re·​source·​ful ri-ˈsȯrs-fəl How to pronounce resourceful (audio)
-ˈzȯrs-
: able to meet situations : capable of devising ways and means
a resourceful leader
resourcefully adverb
resourcefulness noun

Examples of resourceful in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Fledging plovers become a lovely symbol for how the resourceful women in this family take flight. Heller McAlpin, NPR, 22 May 2024 For anything else, a resourceful concierge team in the living room-like lobby can help plan any engagements within your immediate surroundings and excursions deeper into the English countryside. Brad Japhe, Travel + Leisure, 22 May 2024 The resourceful mother, however, was able to escape her home around 11:30 a.m. and ask a nearby construction crew for help. Stephen Sorace, Fox News, 19 May 2024 Paddington is kind and polite and teaches kids about manners, but there are also lessons about learning new things and being resourceful. Jessica Booth, Peoplemag, 19 May 2024 Fresh Tracks is just one of many opportunities for early-career choreographers around the city; others include residencies at Triskelion Arts, Movement Research and Abrons Arts Center, as well as shows at the resourceful new space Pageant. Siobhan Burke, New York Times, 7 May 2024 Popular on Variety Happily, once inside the dangerously magical world in which our resourceful heroine finds herself, the creative team flex their considerable muscle — and budget. David Benedict, Variety, 8 May 2024 As both modern luxuries and life-or-death essentials begin to run out, the family must learn how to be resourceful to survive and outsmart who – or what – is keeping them trapped. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 2 May 2024 Age-old cultures could disappear, along with food systems that make resourceful use of marginal lands where crops won’t grow. Michael Benanav, The Christian Science Monitor, 24 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1851, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of resourceful was in 1851

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Cite this Entry

“Resourceful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/resourceful. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

resourceful

adjective
re·​source·​ful ri-ˈsōrs-fəl How to pronounce resourceful (audio)
-ˈsȯrs-,
-ˈzōrs-,
-ˈzȯrs-
: able to deal well with new or difficult situations
resourcefully adverb
resourcefulness noun
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