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 resolute (audio) , -​lət-​ ; ˌre-​zə-​ˈlüt-​ \ adverb
resoluteness \ ˈre-​zə-​ˌlüt-​nəs How to pronounce resolute (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
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective With another relentless and resolute finish, the Grizzlies finished off the Timberwolves. Dave Campbell, Orlando Sentinel, 29 Apr. 2022 After 20 boxes of Mega Stuf, dark chocolate, golden wafer, and more, the Oreo cream stood resolute. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, 21 Apr. 2022 Elias is fifty-three, balding, with a round and resolute face. Sue Halpern, The New Yorker, 13 Apr. 2022 Vice Premier Sun Chunlan, who has overseen responses to other major outbreaks, advocated swift and resolute actions to contain the virus. Stephanie Yang, Los Angeles Times, 8 Apr. 2022 Jackson is brilliant, classy, resolute and highly qualified. J.d. Crowe |, al, 8 Apr. 2022 Troops who swept in from Belarus to the north spent weeks trying to clear a path to Kyiv, but their advance stalled in the face of resolute defense from Ukraine’s forces. NBC News, 4 Apr. 2022 But Keim on Thursday was resolute in not wanting to deal Murray, and suggested that the team will address his contract after the draft. Ben Volin,, 23 Apr. 2022 Mission District is a cheering reminder that, even in a bleak reality, resolute chefs and operators are making hopeful fresh starts. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, 8 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Something about that squirrel’s posture — calm, resolute — reminded Michele of a politician. Washington Post, 13 Apr. 2022 Obituary: The actor’s portrayal of resolute heroes helped open the door for Black actors in the film industry. New York Times, 31 Mar. 2022 Bad universe had offered up one of its most gripping and inevitable deaths, a man resolute in purpose — and in self-sacrifice. Dan Snierson,, 26 Apr. 2022 Investors had already expected a half-point increase in May, but after the report’s release on Friday markets became more resolute in that prediction. Jeanna Smialek, New York Times, 1 Apr. 2022 Democrats and Republicans from both chambers stood up and clapped as the president discussed the strength and resolute of the Ukrainian people in the face of Russian aggression. Farnoush Amiri, ajc, 2 Mar. 2022 All sides are following delicate strategies, trying to appear resolute but not inflexible, so as to avoid blame in the event of war. New York Times, 16 Feb. 2022 All sides are following delicate strategies, trying to appear resolute but not inflexible, so as to avoid blame in the event of war., 16 Feb. 2022 With her cover blown, the boxer grows more resolute in her search and tries to find the kingpin. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 Feb. 2022 See More

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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 24 May. 2022.

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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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