res·​o·​lute | \ ˈre-zə-ˌlüt How to pronounce resolute (audio) , -lət\

Definition of resolute

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : marked by firm determination : resolved a resolute character
2 : bold, steady a resolute gaze



Definition of resolute (Entry 2 of 2)

: a resolute person

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resolutely \ ˈre-​zə-​ˌlüt-​lē How to pronounce resolutely (audio) , -​lət-​ ; ˌre-​zə-​ˈlüt-​ \ adverb
resoluteness \ ˈre-​zə-​ˌlüt-​nəs How to pronounce resoluteness (audio) , -​lət-​ , ˌre-​zə-​ˈlüt-​ \ noun

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faithful, loyal, constant, staunch, steadfast, resolute mean firm in adherence to whatever one owes allegiance. faithful implies unswerving adherence to a person or thing or to the oath or promise by which a tie was contracted. faithful to her promise loyal implies a firm resistance to any temptation to desert or betray. remained loyal to the czar constant stresses continuing firmness of emotional attachment without necessarily implying strict obedience to promises or vows. constant friends staunch suggests fortitude and resolution in adherence and imperviousness to influences that would weaken it. a staunch defender of free speech steadfast implies a steady and unwavering course in love, allegiance, or conviction. steadfast in their support resolute implies firm determination to adhere to a cause or purpose. a resolute ally

Resolve to Define Resolute

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.

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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Frequent perusers of This Space know of my resolute disaffection for the NFL draft. Paul Daugherty,, "Doc's Morning Line: I don't like the NFL Draft. Here's why the MLB Draft is even worse.," 4 June 2019 Snaking roads unfurl under accurate steering and resolute body control. Car and Driver, "2019 10Best Cars," 28 Nov. 2018 There is always something to be said for the character of a side that, after battering against resolute opponents for most of the game, eventually finds a way through. Jonathan Wilson,, "Brazil Secures Its Win, but Neymar's Actions Remain a Lightning Rod," 22 June 2018 The poster is mostly filled with a sternly resolute man’s face. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "To Trump fans, #MAGA is more than a slogan. It’s an aesthetic.," 8 Aug. 2018 But Boone was resolute about what Andujar should have done on his play. Wallace Matthews, New York Times, "Athletics Strike Quickly Against Sonny Gray and Cool Off the Yankees," 12 May 2018 Mere protests and appeals are not enough; extraordinary and resolute actions based on the idea of civil disobedience must be taken immediately. Vanessa Gera, The Seattle Times, "Poland bans Ukraine activist from Europe, raising questions," 20 Aug. 2018 Weary and resolute Elizabeth Nourse, in her self-portrait, turns to meet our eyes. Cate Mcquaid,, "A ThemToo movement for Parisian art," 14 June 2018 Atleti are strong and resolute first and foremost and will rely again, upon their back line for a platform on which to build from., "Getafe vs Atletico Madrid Preview: Classic Encounter, Key Battle, Team News & More," 11 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Voice quivering but resolute, Dr. Ford gave a testimony that was detailed, emotional, convincing, and often very hard to hear. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "9 Powerful Quotes from Christine Blasey Ford's Hearing," 27 Sep. 2018 Iran, however, surprisingly lead the group after round one, after a shocking win over Morocco, and will be hoping the resolute defending that served them well in their first match will be enough to keep out one of the pre-tournament favourites., "World Cup Preview: Iran vs Spain - Recent Form, Team News, Predictions & More," 19 June 2018 Bryan Smith, at least now, appears resolute to put it behind him. Eric Heisig,, "After years of heroin addiction, Mayfield Heights man is now 11 months clean," 30 Apr. 2018 Unvanquished Calm and resolute is the frosty saga of the Unvanquished., "10 ‘evergreen’ cocktails from Atlanta bars to spruce up winter drinking," 21 Jan. 2018 After last week’s resolute showing in the 1-0 victory away to Napoli, Massimiliano Allegri’s Juventus went into this game knowing that a win would take them top – at least temporarily – with Napoli playing on Sunday., "Juventus 0-0 Inter Milan: Title Rivals Draw Blank in Tight Derby d'Italia Stalemate," 9 Dec. 2017 Typically the art world holds its ground, emerging bruised but resolute. Robin Pogrebin And Sopan Deb, New York Times, "Guggenheim Museum Is Criticized for Pulling Animal Artworks," 26 Sep. 2017 In Adichie’s resolute, often droll adaptation of her 2012 TEDx talk, the MacArthur Fellowship-winning novelist builds her case with personal anecdotes of casual but devastating sexism in Nigeria and the United States. Nicole Lamy, New York Times, "Dear Match Book: I’m Seeking Newsy Nonfiction That Sparks Debate," 10 Oct. 2017 DESIREE MARTIN/GettyImages A similar pattern was established after the half-time break, Atletico remaining resolute, Las Palmas toothless., "Las Palmas 1-5 Atletico Madrid: Koke Brace Helps Clincial Atleti Comfortably See Off La UD," 27 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of resolute


1522, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1578, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for resolute


Latin resolutus, past participle of resolvere

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English Language Learners Definition of resolute

: very determined : having or showing a lot of determination


res·​o·​lute | \ ˈre-zə-ˌlüt How to pronounce resolute (audio) \

Kids Definition of resolute

: firmly determined

Other Words from resolute

resolutely adverb

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showing courage and determination

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