resolve

verb
re·​solve | \ ri-ˈzälv How to pronounce resolve (audio) , -ˈzȯlv also -ˈzäv or -ˈzȯv \
resolved; resolving

Definition of resolve

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to deal with successfully : clear up resolve doubts resolve a dispute
b : to find an answer to
c : to make clear or understandable
d : to find a mathematical solution of
e : to split up into two or more components especially in assigned directions resolve a vector
2 : to reach a firm decision about resolve to get more sleep resolve disputed points in a text
3a : to declare or decide by a formal resolution and vote
b : to change by resolution or formal vote the house resolved itself into a committee
4a : break up, separate the prism resolved the light into a play of color also : to change by disintegration
b : to reduce by analysis resolve the problem into simple elements
c : to distinguish between or make independently visible adjacent parts of
d : to separate (a racemic compound or mixture) into the two components
5 : to make (something, such as one or more voice parts or the total musical harmony) progress from dissonance to consonance
6 : to work out the resolution of (something, such as a play)
7 : to cause resolution of (a pathological state)
8 obsolete : dissolve, melt

intransitive verb

1 : to become separated into component parts also : to become reduced by dissolving or analysis
2 : to form a resolution : determine
4 : to progress from dissonance to consonance

resolve

noun

Definition of resolve (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : fixity of purpose : resoluteness
2 : something that is resolved
3 : a legal or official determination especially : a formal resolution

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Other Words from resolve

Verb

resolvable \ ri-​ˈzäl-​və-​bəl How to pronounce resolvable (audio) , -​ˈzȯl-​ also  -​ˈzä-​və-​ or  -​ˈzȯ-​və-​ \ adjective
resolver noun

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Verb

decide, determine, settle, rule, resolve mean to come or cause to come to a conclusion. decide implies previous consideration of a matter causing doubt, wavering, debate, or controversy. she decided to sell her house determine implies fixing the identity, character, scope, or direction of something. determined the cause of the problem settle implies a decision reached by someone with power to end all dispute or uncertainty. the dean's decision settled the campus alcohol policy rule implies a determination by judicial or administrative authority. the judge ruled that the evidence was inadmissible resolve implies an expressed or clear decision or determination to do or refrain from doing something. he resolved to quit smoking

Examples of resolve in a Sentence

Verb The brothers finally resolved their conflict. The issue of the book's authorship was never resolved. His speech did nothing to resolve doubts about the company's future. They haven't been able to resolve their differences. She resolved to quit smoking. He resolved that he would start dating again. The committee resolved to override the veto. Noun His comments were intended to weaken her resolve but they only served to strengthen it. a naval pilot who has been unwavering in his resolve to become an astronaut
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Ramirez claimed that both sides managed to resolve the argument before separating. Fox News, "Indiana woman shot, killed after argument with Black Lives Matter supporters, family says," 13 July 2020 Bovis and Morris allegedly failed to pay rent owed in November 2019 and didn’t resolve a notice of default in December, according to the lawsuit filed in San Francisco County Superior Court. Anna Kramer, SFChronicle.com, "Nick Bovis, Lefty O’Doul’s owner who pleaded guilty on fraud charges, also sued for unpaid rent," 13 July 2020 The Unidentified does not seek to resolve the intransigent problem of conspiracy theories in our public discourse, which have flourished under Donald Trump and snaked their way into the heart of Republican ideology. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "The American Obsession With Conspiracy Theories, Explained," 7 July 2020 However, Hilton's records show that our guest assistance team worked to resolve this complaint in 2018. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "Black family sues Hilton after police called for hotel's billing error," 3 July 2020 The World Health Organization estimates that most mild cases of Covid-19 should resolve in two weeks. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, "What we (don’t) know about Covid-19’s long-term health effects," 1 July 2020 New York Attorney General Letitia James said an agreement would resolve a suit her office filed two years ago alleging that Weinstein, his younger brother, Robert, and their company maintained a hostile work environment. NBC News, "Women who sued Harvey Weinstein for sexual misconduct settle for nearly $19 million," 1 July 2020 An unusual legal standoff between rival auto makers General Motors Co. and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV took a new turn Friday, when GM resisted a judge’s order to have the companies’ CEOs meet in person to resolve a continuing lawsuit out of court. Mike Colias, WSJ, "GM Resists Judge’s Order Requiring CEOs Meet to Settle Racketeering Lawsuit," 26 June 2020 The Roundup agreements will resolve 75% of about 125,000 claims that have either been filed or were set to be, the company said in a statement. Tim Loh, Fortune, "Bayer agrees to pay $12 billion in legal settlements, in effort to put Roundup scandal behind it," 25 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The numbers should bolster Congress' resolve to pass additional stimulus measures, which are currently locked in partisan negotiations, said Joseph Brusuelas, chief economist at RSM. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "Why it pays to be a chain during a pandemic," 10 July 2020 The Good Shepherd — as the Navy captain whose steely resolve is the only thing standing between hell and high water. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, "Tom Hanks is the captain now in tense WWII naval drama Greyhound: Review," 6 July 2020 Events in Europe stiffened the resolve of America’s incoming president, Jimmy Carter, to encourage the consolidation of the American industry. The Economist, "If nuclear power had taken off What if nuclear power had taken off in the 1970s?," 4 July 2020 Far from deterring Binford-Ross from covering further demonstrations, the episode strengthened her resolve to cover more protests. oregonlive, "South Salem High’s Eddy Binford-Ross covers protests like a pro: 2020 senior portraits," 30 June 2020 The Navy says two U.S. aircraft carriers and their support ships are conducting operations in China’s backyard as a signal of resolve to Beijing. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, "Democrats call for investigation as Trump labels reports of Russian bounties to Taliban for killing US troops possible hoax by fake news," 29 June 2020 Events at each turn test her resolve to keep writing, especially the contrast between her life and the lives of her friends. Joan Gaylord, The Christian Science Monitor, "‘How is your novel going?’ A young woman writer’s struggle.," 29 June 2020 Several volunteers, like McAlpin, said the interaction has only hardened their resolve to return. Marissa J. Lang, Washington Post, "D.C. protesters dig in for the long haul after nearly a month of demonstrations," 27 June 2020 But despite the mounting pressure, Zuckerberg, the one person with the most power to decide what the company does next, did not address the boycott, a decision that may only strengthen his critics' resolve. Brian Fung, CNN, "The hard truth about the Facebook ad boycott: Nothing matters but Zuckerberg," 26 June 2020

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First Known Use of resolve

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 8

Noun

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for resolve

Verb

Middle English, from Latin resolvere to unloose, dissolve, from re- + solvere to loosen, release — more at solve

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The first known use of resolve was in the 14th century

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3 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Resolve.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/resolve. Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for resolve

resolve

verb
How to pronounce resolve (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of resolve

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to find an answer or solution to (something) : to settle or solve (something)
: to make a definite and serious decision to do something
: to make a formal decision about something usually by a vote

resolve

noun

English Language Learners Definition of resolve (Entry 2 of 2)

: a strong determination to do something

resolve

verb
re·​solve | \ ri-ˈzälv How to pronounce resolve (audio) \
resolved; resolving

Kids Definition of resolve

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to find an answer to : solve They resolved the difficulty.
2 : to reach a firm decision about something I resolve to work hard.
3 : to decide by a formal resolution and vote

resolve

noun

Kids Definition of resolve (Entry 2 of 2)

: firmness of purpose : determination

resolve

verb
re·​solve | \ ri-ˈzälv, -ˈzȯlv also -ˈzäv or -ˈzȯv \
resolved; resolving

Medical Definition of resolve

transitive verb

1 : to separate (a racemic compound or mixture) into the two components
2 : to cause resolution of (as inflammation)
3 : to distinguish between or make independently visible adjacent parts of

intransitive verb

1 : to become separated into component parts also : to become reduced by dissolving or analysis
2 : to undergo resolution used especially of disease or inflammation

Other Words from resolve

resolvable \ -​ˈzäl-​və-​bəl, -​ˈzȯl-​ also -​ˈzäv-​ə-​ or -​ˈzȯv-​ə-​ \ adjective

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resolve

verb
re·​solve | \ ri-ˈzälv How to pronounce resolve (audio) \
resolved; resolving

Legal Definition of resolve

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to deal with successfully : clear up resolve a dispute
2a : to declare or decide by formal resolution and vote
b : to change by resolution or formal vote the house resolved itself into a committee

intransitive verb

: to form a resolution

resolve

noun

Legal Definition of resolve (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : something that is resolved
2 : a legal or official determination especially : a legislative declaration

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