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res·​o·​lute ˈre-zə-ˌlüt How to pronounce resolute (audio)
: marked by firm determination : resolved
a resolute character
: bold, steady
a resolute gaze
ˈre-zə-ˌlüt-lē How to pronounce resolute (audio)
ˈre-zə-ˌlüt-nəs How to pronounce resolute (audio)


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: a resolute person

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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.

Choose the Right Synonym for resolute

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

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
To signal a move in the larger routine, the coordinating arrow tile lights up, awaiting a resolute stomp from the dancer. Catherine Duncan, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Mar. 2024 Characteristics often associated with the earth sign include being resolute and resilient. Olivia Munson, USA TODAY, 2 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for resolute 

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Word History



Latin resolutus, past participle of resolvere

First Known Use


1522, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1578, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of resolute was in 1522

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“Resolute.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: marked by firm determination
a resolute character
: steady entry 1
a resolute gaze
resolutely adverb
resoluteness noun

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