resolution

noun
res·​o·​lu·​tion | \ ˌre-zə-ˈlü-shən \

Definition of resolution

1 : the act or process of resolving: such as
a : the act of analyzing a complex notion into simpler ones
b : the act of answering : solving
c : the act of determining
d : the passing of a voice part from a dissonant to a consonant tone or the progression of a chord from dissonance to consonance
e : the separating of a chemical compound or mixture into its constituents
f(1) : the division of a prosodic element into its component parts
(2) : the substitution in Greek or Latin prosody of two short syllables for a long syllable
g : the analysis of a vector into two or more vectors of which it is the sum
2 : the subsidence of a pathological state (such as inflammation)
3a : something that is resolved made a resolution to mend my ways
b : firmness of resolve
4 : a formal expression of opinion, will, or intent voted by an official body or assembled group
5 : the point in a literary work at which the chief dramatic complication is worked out
6a : the process or capability of making distinguishable the individual parts of an object, closely adjacent optical images, or sources of light
b : a measure of the sharpness of an image or of the fineness with which a device (such as a video display, printer, or scanner) can produce or record such an image usually expressed as the total number or density of pixels in the image a resolution of 1200 dots per inch

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Choose the Right Synonym for resolution

courage, mettle, spirit, resolution, tenacity mean mental or moral strength to resist opposition, danger, or hardship. courage implies firmness of mind and will in the face of danger or extreme difficulty. the courage to support unpopular causes mettle suggests an ingrained capacity for meeting strain or difficulty with fortitude and resilience. a challenge that will test your mettle spirit also suggests a quality of temperament enabling one to hold one's own or keep up one's morale when opposed or threatened. her spirit was unbroken by failure resolution stresses firm determination to achieve one's ends. the resolution of pioneer women tenacity adds to resolution implications of stubborn persistence and unwillingness to admit defeat. held to their beliefs with great tenacity

Examples of resolution in a Sentence

In June, the demagogic militia leader Moqtada al Sadr … sponsored a resolution requiring the government to seek permission of the parliament before asking the U.N. to reauthorize the presence of foreign forces in Iraq. — Lawrence Wright, New Yorker, 22 Oct. 2007 Perrotta tells a good story in a top-shelf romance kind of way, and you'll very likely find yourself eager to get to the resolution once you've begun. — Paul J. Griffiths, Commonweal, 21 Dec. 2007 The new revelation was that, in high resolution, the valley showed deep channels and scours sharply incised into bedrock … — Bertram Schwarzschild, Physics Today, September 2007 In late August, the U.N. Security Council passed a resolution calling for peacekeepers to deploy to Darfur to stop a genocide that has claimed some 400,000 lives over the last three years. New Republic, 30 Oct. 2006 The OMEGA spectrometer on the European Space Agency's Mars Express orbiter has gone where no spectrometer has gone before, covering near-infrared wavelengths and offering 10 times the resolution of earlier instruments. — George Musser, Scientific American, December 2005 But Hannah's brief resolution suddenly gave way, and all at once she clung to Kit, sobbing like a child. — Elizabeth George Speare, The Witch of Blackbird Pond, 1987 Here again it would seem that the vicarious experience just once of seeing another human being completely "blotto" should be sufficient to engender a firm and unbreakable resolution never to take a chance on making a similarly disgusting spectacle of oneself. — David A. Embury, The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks, 1970 a court for the resolution of civil disputes We found a resolution to the dispute. computer screens with high resolutions The monitor has excellent resolution.
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The biggest drop was during the Metro: Last Light Redux benchmark at 1080p resolution with graphics on the High preset. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "AMD ReLive review: A stylish video capture tool for Radeon graphics cards," 31 Jan. 2019 But that tidy resolution was quickly forgotten when, a few weeks later, a self-driving Uber vehicle struck and killed a 49-year-old woman who was crossing a darkened street in Tempe, Arizona. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: Uber," 29 Dec. 2018 The Good Watch your food cook in better resolution than a simple oven light can give you! Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Review: The June oven made me want a camera in every cooking device," 22 Dec. 2018 Heughan sat down with BAZAAR.com for a quick recap of Season 4's conflicts and resolutions, and what to expect as the specter of the American Revolution draws closer. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sam Heughan on What the Outlander Finale Means for Season 5: "It's Going to Be Tough"," 28 Jan. 2019 To Get Your Antiques Appraised Take a photo of your item at the highest resolution possible on your camera, and save it at the highest file size. Country Living, "Contact the Editors and Get Help for Your Country Living Subscription," 4 Jan. 2019 Though 2018 ended with some hope for peace talks, a real resolution to the conflict seems unlikely. Jen Kirby, Vox, "The 7 biggest foreign news stories to watch in 2019, from Brexit to North Korea," 24 Dec. 2018 House Republicans will meet again Tuesday to try to find an immigration compromise -- with no resolution in sight that would unite the party’s divided factions -- as a group of GOP moderates are on the verge of forcing votes on various plans. Anna Edgerton, Bloomberg.com, "House GOP Meets Again on Immigration as Deal Remains Elusive," 12 June 2018 With no resolution, Dorothy’s fate became a murky cautionary tale in L.A.’s African-American community. Hadley Meares, Los Angeles Magazine, "One of the “Tragic Mysteries in Local History” Has Been All But Forgotten," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of resolution

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for resolution

Middle English resolucioun, from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French resolucion, from Latin resolution-, resolutio, from resolvere — see resolve entry 1

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resolution

noun

English Language Learners Definition of resolution

: the act of finding an answer or solution to a conflict, problem, etc. : the act of resolving something
: an answer or solution to something
: the ability of a device to show an image clearly and with a lot of detail

resolution

noun
res·​o·​lu·​tion | \ ˌre-zə-ˈlü-shən \

Kids Definition of resolution

1 : something decided on a New Year's resolution
2 : firmness of purpose : determination
3 : the act of solving They went to court for resolution of the matter.
4 : the solution to a problem They found a resolution to the dispute.
5 : a statement of the feelings, wishes, or decisions of a group

resolution

noun
res·​o·​lu·​tion | \ ˌrez-ə-ˈlü-shən \

Medical Definition of resolution

1 : the separating of a chemical compound or mixture into its constituents
2 : the process or capability of making distinguishable the individual parts of an object, closely adjacent optical images, or sources of light
3 : the subsidence of a pathological state (as inflammation)

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resolution

noun
res·​o·​lu·​tion | \ ˌre-zə-ˈlü-shən \

Legal Definition of resolution

1 : a formal expression of opinion, will, or intention voted by an official body (as a legislature) or assembled group — see also concurrent resolution, joint resolution
2 : an expression or document containing authorization usually by a corporate board of directors of a particular act, transaction, agent, or representative a corporate resolution authorizing counsel to bind the corporation to a settlement

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