resolute

adjective
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

resolute

noun

Definition of resolute (Entry 2 of 2)

: a resolute person

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Adjective

resolutely \ˈre-zə-ˌlüt-lē, -lət-; ˌre-zə-ˈlüt- \ adverb
resoluteness \ˈre-zə-ˌlüt-nəs, -lət-, ˌre-zə-ˈlüt- \ noun

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Adjective

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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However, there may not be too many goals as both teams have been defensively resolute of late. SI.com, "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. SI.com, "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 The 40-year-old minister also said the government was resolute to combat inflation, which reached 15.4% last month, its highest pace in 15 years. David Gauthier-villars, WSJ, "New Turkish Finance Minister Vows to Fight Inflation," 13 July 2018 In a resolute acknowledgment of the oppression that too many young women face at home, the film portrays the family structure as the enforcing unit of feminine docility. Iram Haq, New York Times, "Review: In ‘What Will People Say,’ Tyranny Begins at Home," 12 July 2018 At the moment, Telegram’s users benefit from the company’s defiant attitude toward Russian censors, but not every app-maker is so resolute. Jacob Silverman, Longreads, "Private Telegram, Public Strife," 3 July 2018

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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. SI.com, "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, cleveland.com, "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. AJC.com, "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. SI.com, "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. SI.com, "Las Palmas 1-5 Atletico Madrid: Koke Brace Helps Clincial Atleti Comfortably See Off La UD," 27 Aug. 2017 Resolute after recycling signs in several key at-bats. Dennis Manoloff, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Indians 2017: DMan ranks Games 1-162 (thru 122)," 21 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of resolute

Adjective

1522, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1578, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for resolute

Adjective

Latin resolutus, past participle of resolvere

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resolute

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of resolute

: very determined : having or showing a lot of determination

resolute

adjective
res·o·lute | \ˈre-zə-ˌlüt \

Kids Definition of resolute

: firmly determined

Other Words from resolute

resolutely adverb

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