res·​o·​lute | \ ˈre-zə-ˌlüt How to pronounce resolute (audio) , -lət\

Definition of resolute

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


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

The activists and Latino leaders remain resolute that those who lost their lives will not be forgotten and change will arise from tragedy. Adrian Carrasquillo, The New Republic, "El Paso Has Exposed the Ugly Reality of the “Immigration Debate”," 5 Aug. 2019 Three-quarters of a century later, the uniformity of the headstones, and their exacting placement, lend a feel that the fallen remain resolute, soldiers still on guard. Kevin Paul Dupont,, "D-Day anniversary truly puts hockey, life in perspective," 8 June 2019 In recent months, the members of the U.S. women’s soccer team have captured the country’s imagination with their performance at this year’s World Cup and their resolute stance on pay equality. The New Yorker, "Sunday Reading: The Women Reshaping Professional Sports," 21 July 2019 Yet protesters remain resolute in their demands to have the bill, which would allow some suspects to be sent to mainland China for trial, withdrawn completely. Elizabeth Lawrence, USA TODAY, "Hong Kong leader declares extradition bill 'dead,' but protesters persist," 15 June 2019 Lincoln's gentle, gregarious outer demeanor cloaks a fiery, resolute inner passion, played to perfection by Daniel Day-Lewis (Available to stream on Netflix). Scott Huver, CNN, "All-American double features to stream over the Fourth of July," 3 July 2019 As the roughneck in love with Harry's frisky daughter, Ben Affleck flexes resolute muscle with his heady performance. Duane Byrge, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Armageddon': THR's 1998 Review," 1 July 2019 Turning the Supreme Court by whatever degree takes even longer, and a steady, patient, resolute hand on the wheel is necessary if any turn is to be achieved. Hugh Hewitt, Twin Cities, "Hugh Hewitt: A chief justice’s underappreciated legacy comes into focus," 27 June 2019 Summersimage, the 7-5 favorite, was resolute and wore down Touched by Autism to win by a half-length. Larry Stumes,, "Summersimage streaks to first sprint win at Alameda County Fair," 4 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Bryan Smith, at least now, appears resolute to put it behind him. Eric Heisig,, "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., "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., "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

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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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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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