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

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 However, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex seem pretty resolute in their decision. Kathryn Lindsay,, "The Queen Isn’t Quite On Board With Meghan & Harry’s Plan To Step Back From Royal Life," 8 Jan. 2020 The repression in Xinjiang, and China’s resolute opposition to democratic reform in Hong Kong, are being closely watched in Taiwan, where presidential and parliamentary elections will be held on January 11th. The Economist, "China 2019 in review: testing China’s bottom line," 22 Dec. 2019 Yet the vast majority of resolutions are anything but resolute. Josh Linkner, Detroit Free Press, "Hello future you: Try this hack if you want your New Year's resolution to stick," 4 Jan. 2020 Ohio State learned Saturday that defense is more pliable than previously thought, but also more resolute. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Ohio State football storms past Michigan 56-27 to extend winning streak in The Game to eight," 30 Nov. 2019 Those infractions came only 1:05 after the Bruins were placed shorthanded for having too many men on the ice, but Rask was resolute and Boston handled the full 6:55 of shorthanded time to keep it 2-2., "Most read on," 3 Nov. 2019 My intent was to select Jewish songs of protest and hope that would inspire us to be strong and resolute. Sergio Carmona,, "Miami concert to counter anti-Semitism and hate," 25 Oct. 2019 And Pitt, at 55, is so companionable, so grounded and resolute, that spending two hours with him is like leaning comfortably against a cool slab of granite. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "Is Ad Astra the Most Emo Space Movie Ever Made?," 19 Sep. 2019 While research is resolute on the benefits of exercise, which has paved the way for wearable technology to measure every step, heart beat, and calorie burned, the evidence is also clear that humans need each other. Jenny Anderson, Quartz, "A pioneer of wearable technology explains how it can connect instead of divide us," 17 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 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

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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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21 Jan 2020

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“Resolute.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 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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