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

Other Words from resolute


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

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective All-Star will continue to be resolute in his stance. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 9 Aug. 2022 Before the war in Ukraine, the European Union was resolute in its green evangelism. Ariel Cohen, Forbes, 30 June 2022 Its symbol is the bull and its members are considered to be resolute, and grounded – unafraid to take their time and quite resilient. Anna Kaufman, USA TODAY, 28 July 2022 National Review was conceived in no small part to present — indeed to insist upon — a more resolute opposition to totalitarianism. Peter J. Travers, National Review, 29 Mar. 2022 Though less occupied, the office hadn’t perished; its demands were resolute. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, 6 July 2022 The people there are resolute, however, in their commitment to rebuild. Chadd Scott, Forbes, 24 June 2022 Known in bond markets as the widowmaker trade, investors have gotten burned for decades betting against the Bank of Japan, which has been resolute in keeping policy extremely loose. Anna Hirtenstein, WSJ, 16 June 2022 Nearly two years later, The Chicks, chatting via video from Los Angeles and Texas, are resolute in their decision. Melissa Ruggieri, USA TODAY, 13 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun So the administration's clairvoyance and the handling of the war - resolute but controlled and measured, strengthened its reputation and the trust in US leadership. CBS News, 29 June 2022 In the ongoing return to office debate, Salesforce co-CEO Marc Benioff is standing resolute on remote work. Jane Thier, Fortune, 23 June 2022 But the president, resolute in defense of global democracy, has been slower to respond to changes tearing at the democratic fabric of his own country, some say. Eli Stokolsstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 30 June 2022 Employers and co-workers can prevent future erosion of the basic human rights everyone deserves by being more resolute in their support and actions. Rebecca Henderson, Forbes, 24 June 2022 Something about that squirrel’s posture — calm, resolute — reminded Michele of a politician. Washington Post, 13 Apr. 2022 Obituary: The actor’s portrayal of resolute heroes helped open the door for Black actors in the film industry. New York Times, 31 Mar. 2022 Bad universe had offered up one of its most gripping and inevitable deaths, a man resolute in purpose — and in self-sacrifice. Dan Snierson,, 26 Apr. 2022 Investors had already expected a half-point increase in May, but after the report’s release on Friday markets became more resolute in that prediction. Jeanna Smialek, New York Times, 1 Apr. 2022 See More

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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 14 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for resolute


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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