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resolute

adjective res·o·lute \ ˈre-zə-ˌlüt , -lət \
Updated on: 22 Nov 2017

Definition of resolute

1 : marked by firm determination : resolved
  • a resolute character
2 : bold, steady
  • a resolute gaze

resolutely

play \ˈre-zə-ˌlüt-lē, -lət-; ˌre-zə-ˈlüt-\ adverb

resoluteness

play \ˈre-zə-ˌlüt-nəs, -lət-, ˌre-zə-ˈlüt-\ noun

Examples of resolute in a Sentence

  1. She is a resolute competitor.

  2. He has remained resolute in his opposition to the bill.

  3. a leader with a stern and resolute manner

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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.

Origin and Etymology of resolute

Latin resolutus, past participle of resolvere

Synonym Discussion of 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

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resolute

noun

Definition of resolute

: a resolute person

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First Known Use of resolute

1578


RESOLUTE Defined for English Language Learners

resolute

adjective

Definition of resolute for English Language Learners

  • : very determined : having or showing a lot of determination


RESOLUTE Defined for Kids

resolute

adjective res·o·lute \ ˈre-zə-ˌlüt \

Definition of resolute for Students

: firmly determined

resolutely

adverb


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