Simple Definition of resolute
: very determined : having or showing a lot of determination
Examples of resolute in a sentence
She is a resolute competitor.
He has remained resolute in his opposition to the bill.
a leader with a stern and resolute manner
Did You Know?
Resolute comes from the same Latin verb as resolved, and the two words are often synonyms. So how did it get this meaning from the Latin? Essentially, when you resolve a question or problem, you come to a conclusion, and once you've reached a conclusion you can proceed to act. So in your New Year's resolutions, you resolve—or make up your mind—to do something. Unfortunately, New Year's resolutions aren't a good illustration of the meaning of resolute, since only about one in ten actually seems to succeed.
Origin and Etymology of resolute
Latin resolutus, past participle of resolvere
First Known Use: 1533
Synonym Discussion of resolute
Definition of resolute
: a resolute person
First Known Use of resolute
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Definition of resolute for Students
: firmly determined
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