resolve

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

Definition of resolve 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 obsolete : dissolve, melt

2a : 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

3 : to cause resolution of (a pathological state)

4a : 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

5 : to reach a firm decision about resolve to get more sleep resolve disputed points in a text

6a : 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

7 : to make (something, such as one or more voice parts or the total musical harmony) progress from dissonance to consonance

8 : to work out the resolution of (something, such as a play)

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, -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

Despite Georgia’s important contribution to NATO operations, the alliance is unlikely to invite the country in until the conflict with the two regions has been resolved. BostonGlobe.com, "NATO says it is united at end of raucous, divisive summit," 12 July 2018 Their attorney, Tierra Gregory, resolved to find out. Tim Prudente, baltimoresun.com, "Collapse: The rise and deadly fall of a Baltimore rowhouse," 12 July 2018 That would certainly resolve the sensor weakness of the 1 series. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Nikon discontinues its Nikon 1 lineup of mirrorless cameras," 11 July 2018 In most cases the disease resolves on its own in a few weeks, without any permanent damage, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana sees first death in multi-state hepatitis A outbreak," 11 July 2018 The matter was resolved after American Leadership provided the Charter Board with the loan documents. Craig Harris, azcentral, "Arizona charter school founder makes millions building his own schools," 11 July 2018 For people who see immigration as a danger, this World Cup story won’t resolve that. Angela Charlton, The Seattle Times, "Migration, outreach mean diversity is soccer’s new normal," 10 July 2018 About 40,000 people were granted asylum or related protection, 45,000 were rejected and 40,000 cases were otherwise resolved, such as being withdrawn or sent to another European country for review. Kirsten Grieshaber, Fox News, "Germany presents new, more restrictive migration plan," 10 July 2018 The problems at the Baker Street jail were resolved Saturday, but then the same issue cropped up at the 701 San Jacinto facility, and guards there took similar measures. Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "Water problems at jail to be fixed Monday," 9 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

At a minimum, EU leaders should demonstrate their resolve by extending the duration of their current sanctions from six to 12 months. Anders Fogh Rasmussen, WSJ, "Trump Takes the Lead Against Russia," 25 Apr. 2018 But the South Korean president seems to be tackling the latest difficulties with new resolve. Washington Post, "South Korea’s Moon: Kim Jong Un still committed to ‘complete denuclearization,’ wants to meet with Trump," 30 May 2018 This time around, there was no miracle comeback for the Warriors against a Pels team that played with resolve demonstrated by All-Star forward Anthony Davis. Ron Higgins, NOLA.com, "Pelicans create a happier Game 3 memory against Golden State," 4 May 2018 But Lindberg had played the Dinah Shore course at Mission Hills Country Club all week with a resolve that belied her career record. Mike James, latimes.com, "Pernilla Lindberg beats Inbee Park in ANA Inspiration playoff for her first LPGA victory," 3 Apr. 2018 Bryant, who retired in 2016, wasn’t necessarily the most popular player among teammates, but played with a resolve and a fierceness that make him a Hall of Fame lock, likely a first-ballot selection. Rick Bonnell, charlotteobserver, "Hornets All-Star Kemba Walker, a ‘little guy’ on court, feels ‘like a giant sometimes’," 15 Feb. 2018 So the bottom line for those creating or trying to avoid a 2018 government shutdown is that these events are rarely good for either party, but the blame can be pinned primarily on one party with enough resolve and evidence. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Blame-Game Lessons From the Last Government Shutdown," 16 Jan. 2018 European diplomats had said over the last several months that China had left Liu in limbo as a show of resolve against Chinese human rights dissidents, despite aggressive efforts by Germany to press for her release. Jane Perlez, BostonGlobe.com, "Liu Xia, detained widow of Nobel Peace laureate, leaves China," 10 July 2018 Maybe Luka Modric will be able to puncture Russia’s resolve in a way David Silva couldn’t. Brian Straus, SI.com, "Quarterfinal Stage a Narrative Tipping Point for World Cup Contenders," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of resolve

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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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resolve

verb

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 \
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 \
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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