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 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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective But there will still be a stark contrast with the steady and resolute competence of the Biden administration. Roger Trapp, Forbes, "U.K.’s Johnson Is Busy Fighting Fires While Biden Steers A Steady Course," 28 Apr. 2021 Several minutes later, a woman appearing to record video on her phone walked past the park rangers, both disgruntled and resolute. Annie Vainshtein, San Francisco Chronicle, "4/20 was 'canceled' again in S.F., but pot enthusiasts light up in a low-key way," 20 Apr. 2021 The nation’s trust in medical progress and in Dr. Salk was so resolute that, when it was announced that a new, safe polio vaccine was available, parents pushed their children back to the head of the line. Howard Markel, The New Yorker, "The Last Time a Vaccine Saved America," 12 Apr. 2021 Republican lawmakers remain resolute on their push for a big expansion of Indiana’s private school voucher program in the face of pushback from public school leaders across the state. Tom Davies And Casey Smith,, "Indiana Republicans resolute for school voucher expansion," 29 Mar. 2021 That decision resulted in fines from the city, but the center is resolute on giving people a place to stay. Los Angeles Times, "Latinx Files: Do these Latinx movies deserve to be in the National Film Registry?," 11 Mar. 2021 There’s also the adorable requisite animal sidekick, Tuk Tuk, who’s kind of a roly-poly bug by way of an armadillo, and who can handily serve as an all-terrain mount for the film’s resolute title character when curled up into a ball. Alison Willmore, Vulture, "Raya and the Last Dragon," 4 Mar. 2021 Through tragedies and setbacks, Frey has remained resolute and devoted to her business and family. Marci Schmitt, Star Tribune, "Review: 'The Growing Season,' by Sarah Frey," 28 Feb. 2021 There could be no other explanation for the resolute disdain shown by the GOP congressional caucus toward the $350-billion provision of state and local aid in President Biden’s $1.9-trillion pandemic relief proposal. Los Angeles Times, "Column: McConnell says there’s no need for more state and local aid. Don’t believe him," 26 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Prison wardens will applaud the heft and assuredness with which the vault-like slabs snick shut, as resolute as any Chubb safe. Robert Ross, Robb Report, "Drive Review: Why These Two Mercedes SUVs Belong in the Same Garage," 1 Apr. 2021 But other boldface names in tech have not been as resolute against Apple’s move. Rob Pegoraro, USA TODAY, "What an upcoming Apple privacy prompt will mean for you – and the apps you use," 20 Mar. 2021 If only our politicians had been as steadfast, resolute and prepared. Mike Bianchi,, "Thank you to NBA, SEC, NFL and all sports for getting us through the pandemic | Commentary," 13 Mar. 2021 Anna and legions like her remained resolute in their desire to put families back together. Washington Post, "Little-known voices sing the history of slavery and resistance," 5 Mar. 2021 Other summer events are remaining resolute in their plans to go on in 2021. oregonlive, "Oregon Brewers Festival cancels for 2nd consecutive year because of COVID-19," 2 Mar. 2021 The inability to confidently predict the future makes self-leadership and personal effectiveness even more crucial, ensuring that your vision and purpose remain resolute in the face of a rapidly changing world. Juliet Ehimuan, Forbes, "2021: Intentionally Creating A Year Of Excellence," 2 Mar. 2021 Indeed, there's a case for being resolute in the face of extremism. Star Tribune, "Move Biden's swearing-in inside," 16 Jan. 2021 Mori stayed resolute even amid obstacles, including initially being denied technology to intercept BlackBerry messages cartel members were exchanging on handheld devices in 2013, then cutting-edge technology. Beth Warren, The Courier-Journal, "Meet the man behind crusade to stop global cartel powerhouse that's a top American threat," 25 Nov. 2020

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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 11 May. 2021.

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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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