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 resolutely (audio) , -​lət-​ ; ˌre-​zə-​ˈlüt-​ \ adverb
resoluteness \ ˈre-​zə-​ˌlüt-​nəs How to pronounce resoluteness (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 Honored for his decades of resolute military and government service, former Rep. Sam Johnson was laid to rest Monday. Lavendrick Smith, Dallas News, "Sam Johnson, longtime North Texas congressman, honored at memorial service," 8 June 2020 He is described in often martial terms as a resolute commander in combat, making important decisions every week and sometimes every day. Keith Bradsher,, "China hails its virus triumphs, glosses over its mistakes," 7 June 2020 The extraordinary message appears to read as if Queen Elizabeth is appealing to a fellow monarch to remain resolute. NBC News, "A message from 'Queen Elizabeth' to the shah played role in CIA 1953 coup in Iran, documentary says," 5 June 2020 By Wednesday night, Brown County Health Officer Anna Destree issued a local safer-at-home order to replace the now resolute state rules, requiring all county residents to remain home until at least May 20. Andrew O'reilly | Fox News, Fox News, "HHS Secretary Azar says people going to bars despite coronavirus pandemic is 'part of the freedom we have'," 17 May 2020 In China, President Xi Jinping ordered resolute efforts to curb the spread of the illness since the disease was first detected in Wuhan, a city of 11 million. Kyunghee Park,, "Hazmat Suits Deployed on Planes as Security Tightens Over China Virus Outbreak," 13 May 2020 The countess also casts her indolent spell on the resolute state prosecutor Norbert von Wenk (Bernhard Goetzke), who doggedly pursues Mabuse until he is hypnotized by the master to drive a speeding death car. J. Hoberman, New York Times, "An Evil Doctor Who Casts a Spell on Subjects and Viewers Alike," 6 May 2020 Eventually, this doublethinking will tip over into a more resolute thinking . . Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "Up from North Korea," 4 May 2020 The deserted highway was just one manifestation of New Zealand’s resolute response to the COVID-19 outbreak. National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 30 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Over the past few weeks, as protesters have been met with tear gas and rubber bullets in cities across the country, some who had predicted an exodus grew more resolute. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, "The High Cost of Panic-Moving," 15 June 2020 The bougie, big-city cool kids may turn up their collective noses at it, but in Texas, the prevailing attitude toward ranch dressing is resolute: Come and take it. Paul Stephen,, "2 recipes for ranch dressing and 3 meals to make with it," 22 Jan. 2020 The 72-year-old is renowned for his ability to make his side resolute and well-drilled, Uruguay conceded just three goals in their 2011 Copa América victory., "Copa América Preview - Uruguay: Strengths, Weaknesses, Manager, Form, Opponents & More," 14 June 2019 Bayern controlled large parts of the first half, but could not create clear cut chances against a resolute David Wagner side., "Schalke 0-3 Bayern Munich: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Robert Lewandoski Treble Seals Victory," 24 Aug. 2019 Dortmund controlled large parts of the first half, but ultimately lacked a cutting edge against a resolute Martin Schmidt side., "Borussia Dortmund 5-1 Augsburg: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Alcacer & Sancho Shine," 17 Aug. 2019 After scoring so early in the six preceding matches, the USA failed to break down the Oranje's resolute and sometimes desperate defending in the opening stages. Avi Creditor,, "USA Wins Fourth Women's World Cup Title, Outlasts Netherlands in Final," 7 July 2019 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

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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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25 Jun 2020

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“Resolute.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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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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