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resolve

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verb re·solve \ri-ˈzälv, -ˈzȯlv also -ˈzäv or -ˈzȯv\

Simple Definition of resolve

  • : to find an answer or solution to (something) : to settle or solve (something)

  • : to make a definite and serious decision to do something

  • : to make a formal decision about something usually by a vote

Full Definition of resolve

re·solvedre·solv·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 obsolete :  dissolve, melt

  3. 2 a :  break up, separate <the prism resolved the light into a play of color>; also :  to change by disintegration b :  to reduce by analysis <resolve the problem into simple elements> c :  to distinguish between or make independently visible adjacent parts of d :  to separate (a racemic compound or mixture) into the two components

  4. 3 :  to cause resolution of (a pathological state)

  5. 4 a :  to deal with successfully :  clear up <resolve doubts> <resolve a dispute> b :  to find an answer to c :  to make clear or understandable d :  to find a mathematical solution of e :  to split up (as a vector) into two or more components especially in assigned directions

  6. 5 :  to reach a firm decision about <resolve to get more sleep> <resolve disputed points in a text>

  7. 6 a :  to declare or decide by a formal resolution and vote b :  to change by resolution or formal vote <the house resolved itself into a committee>

  8. 7 :  to make (as voice parts) progress from dissonance to consonance

  9. 8 :  to work out the resolution of (as a play)

  10. intransitive verb
  11. 1 :  to become separated into component parts; also :  to become reduced by dissolving or analysis

  12. 2 :  to form a resolution :  determine

  13. 3 :  consult, deliberate

  14. 4 :  to progress from dissonance to consonance

re·solv·able play \-ˈzäl-və-bəl, -ˈzȯl- also -ˈzä-və- or -ˈzȯ-və-\ adjective
re·solv·er noun

Examples of resolve

  1. The brothers finally resolved their conflict.

  2. The issue of the book's authorship was never resolved.

  3. His speech did nothing to resolve doubts about the company's future.

  4. They haven't been able to resolve their differences.

  5. She resolved to quit smoking.

  6. He resolved that he would start dating again.

  7. The committee resolved to override the veto.



Origin of resolve

Middle English, from Latin resolvere to unloose, dissolve, from re- + solvere to loosen, release — more at solve


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of resolve

decide, determine, settle, rule, resolve mean to come or cause to come to a conclusion. decide implies previous consideration of a matter causing doubt, wavering, debate, or controversy <she decided to sell her house>. determine implies fixing the identity, character, scope, or direction of something <determined the cause of the problem>. settle implies a decision reached by someone with power to end all dispute or uncertainty <the dean's decision settled the campus alcohol policy>. rule implies a determination by judicial or administrative authority <the judge ruled that the evidence was inadmissible>. resolve implies an expressed or clear decision or determination to do or refrain from doing something <he resolved to quit smoking>.

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resolve

noun re·solve

Simple Definition of resolve

  • : a strong determination to do something

Full Definition of resolve

  1. 1 :  fixity of purpose :  resoluteness

  2. 2 :  something that is resolved

  3. 3 :  a legal or official determination; especially :  a formal resolution

Examples of resolve

  1. His comments were intended to weaken her resolve but they only served to strengthen it.

  2. <a naval pilot who has been unwavering in his resolve to become an astronaut>



1591

First Known Use of resolve

1591


Medical Dictionary

resolve

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verb re·solve \ri-ˈzälv, -ˈzȯlv also -ˈzäv or -ˈzȯv\

Medical Definition of resolve

re·solvedre·solv·ing

  1. transitive verb

  2. 1:  to separate (a racemic compound or mixture) into the two components

  3. 2:  to cause resolution of (as inflammation)

  4. 3:  to distinguish between or make independently visible adjacent parts of

  5. intransitive verb

  6. 1:  to become separated into component parts; also :  to become reduced by dissolving or analysis

  7. 2:  to undergo resolution—used especially of disease or inflammation

  8. re·solv·able \-ˈzäl-və-bəl, -ˈzȯl- also -ˈzäv-ə- or -ˈzȯv-ə-\play adjective






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