res·​o·​lute | \ˈre-zə-ˌlüt, -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, -​lət-​; ˌre-​zə-​ˈlüt-​ \ adverb
resoluteness \ˈre-​zə-​ˌlüt-​nəs, -​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

On this 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War, all Americans must remember peace only comes through vigilance and resolute strength, and is never without cost. WSJ, "Russia and U.S. Crossed Swords Many Times," 16 Nov. 2018 DeSantis, who is one of Trump’s most resolute defenders in Washington, beat state Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, who had eyed the governor’s office for years. Sean Sullivan, The Seattle Times, "Trump’s choice and a liberal favorite win Florida gubernatorial nominations," 28 Aug. 2018 Throughout the drama of the last few days, the group have remained resolute. NBC News, "First boys emerge from Thailand cave as rescue mission enters final act," 8 July 2018 However, there may not be too many goals as both teams have been defensively resolute of late., "Leicester City vs Newcastle United Preview: Classic Encounter, Key Battle, Team News & More," 6 Apr. 2018 Despite enjoying more than two thirds of the possession for much of the game, Portugal were unable to create many solid chances or cause any real trouble for the resolute Uruguayan defence., "Uruguay 2-1 Portugal: Cavani Shines While Ronaldo Fizzles as La Celeste Progress to Quarter Finals," 30 June 2018 Yet spirits were resolute among members of the rescue force at the camp on Saturday. NBC News, "Thailand soccer team rescue: Conditions now 'most suitable' but monsoon threatens," 7 July 2018 Fox said that the news of the former Thai navy SEAL diver, Saman Kunan, who died in the rescue operation last night hit hard but that the rescue workers are still resolute in their mission. Thomas Maresca, USA TODAY, "Thai navy SEAL commander: 'Limited amount of time' left to rescue trapped soccer team," 6 July 2018 Harry was going back inside the castle without having made a full and complete circumnavigation around the perimeter of the police barricades that were stacked several bodies deep with people resolute in their desire to give him well wishes. Caity Weaver, New York Times, "I Also Went to the Royal Wedding," 24 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 \

Kids Definition of resolute

: firmly determined

Other Words from resolute

resolutely adverb

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