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

Definition of resolute

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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

Adjective 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 The man, wearing turquoise medical scrubs and an N95 mask, stood silent and resolute, blocking traffic in the middle of the road. Jennifer Hassan,, "‘Go to China if you want communism’: Anti-quarantine protester clashes with people in scrubs," 21 Apr. 2020 America has lost the South China Sea, only for lack of immediate and resolute countermeasures. Mark Helprin, National Review, "American Foreign and Defense Policy: Between Scylla and Charybdis," 16 Apr. 2020 For months, Japan and the International Olympic Committee have remained resolute that the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games will continue as scheduled—even as the world enters lockdown in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "As 2 nations boycott, Japan finally admits coronavirus might disrupt Tokyo 2020 Olympics," 23 Mar. 2020 In typical unfiltered and resolute form, Drew Doughty barely let the question finish before interjecting. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, "Kings’ core four tasked with reviving franchise’s Stanley Cup aspirations," 28 Sep. 2019 But the United States should make clear to China and Russia, in particular, that our financial power is robust, and our willingness to take action is resolute. CNN, "The US dollar is still king during the coronavirus," 17 Apr. 2020 Meanwhile Maccone is resolute that all future planners need to prioritize preserving the precious space resources that still remain unpolluted by humankind. Leonard David, Scientific American, "Astronomers Battle Space Explorers for Access to Moon’s Far Side," 7 Apr. 2020 No Kid Hungry is making resolute efforts to reach as many of those children as possible. Gabrielle Chung,, "Angelina Jolie Reflects on Her Decision to Become a Parent: 'I Never Thought I Could Be Anyone's Mom'," 24 Apr. 2020 As the days tick by and my conversations with restaurant owners and chefs add up, there is a resolute tone beginning to develop. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "'Glad when this is over': 3 Dixie Highway restaurants talk business sales during COVID-19," 21 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The bougie, big-city cool kids may turn up their collective noses at it, but in Texas, the prevailing attitude toward ranch dressing is resolute: Come and take it. Paul Stephen,, "2 recipes for ranch dressing and 3 meals to make with it," 22 Jan. 2020 The 72-year-old is renowned for his ability to make his side resolute and well-drilled, Uruguay conceded just three goals in their 2011 Copa América victory., "Copa América Preview - Uruguay: Strengths, Weaknesses, Manager, Form, Opponents & More," 14 June 2019 Bayern controlled large parts of the first half, but could not create clear cut chances against a resolute David Wagner side., "Schalke 0-3 Bayern Munich: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Robert Lewandoski Treble Seals Victory," 24 Aug. 2019 Dortmund controlled large parts of the first half, but ultimately lacked a cutting edge against a resolute Martin Schmidt side., "Borussia Dortmund 5-1 Augsburg: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Alcacer & Sancho Shine," 17 Aug. 2019 After scoring so early in the six preceding matches, the USA failed to break down the Oranje's resolute and sometimes desperate defending in the opening stages. Avi Creditor,, "USA Wins Fourth Women's World Cup Title, Outlasts Netherlands in Final," 7 July 2019 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

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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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“Resolute.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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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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