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 Taken together, the accords resolve a trio of major litigation risks that tagged along with Bayer’s $63 billion purchase of Monsanto in 2018. Tim Loh, Fortune, "Bayer agrees to pay $12 billion in legal settlements, in effort to put Roundup scandal behind it," 25 June 2020 The larger concerns resolve around COVID-19 outbreaks among teams. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "Health experts on NBA's restart plan: 'Haven’t seen anything that’s this comprehensive'," 24 June 2020 While any step toward reducing inter-app tracking is significant, the new framework likely won't resolve the problem of online tracking overnight. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, "Apple Pushes Back Against Ad Tracking in Safari and iOS 14," 22 June 2020 When Barack Obama introduced the DACA program in June 2012, it was meant to be a temporary fix for an immigration problem that Congress had been unable to resolve. Gilbert Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "Garcia: DACA court decision was a major gift to Biden," 20 June 2020 But Tajer said that federal officials need to step up with a rule to resolve any ambiguity. Dallas News, "Stricter face mask rules are already causing drama for American Airlines," 18 June 2020 What the league is yet to resolve is securing agreement among clubs on how to conclude the season — this one or in the future — if it cannot be completed. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "How to watch Premier League’s Manchester City vs. Arsenal (6/17): Time, TV info, live stream," 17 June 2020 After on-site mental health professionals were unable to resolve the person barricaded, police were called. Ian Mckenzie, Cincinnati.com, "Man transported to psychiatric services after incident at Lighthouse Sheakley Center for Youth," 17 June 2020 Senior military officials have held meetings in the area to try to resolve the issue. Anchorage Daily News, "Military clashes in the Himalayas leaves 20 Indian soldiers dead and possible Chinese losses," 16 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 Protesters who arrived in Frankfort on Tuesday afternoon to demand Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear's administration resolve issues with their unemployment claims received a pleasant surprise. Ben Tobin, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky unemployment protesters met with surprise: Help resolving their jobless claims," 17 June 2020 Through it all, Paula has demonstrated her resolve to proactively engage the future, in all its uncertainty and all its potential, during a time of rapid transition. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee Rotary to honor City Librarian Paula Kiely as 'person of the year'," 16 June 2020 The Harris Poll has taken a stab at answering that question, surveying American attitudes about each company’s resolve, integrity, responsiveness and permanence. David Meyer, Fortune, "The companies that have proved their value in this crisis," 15 June 2020 Monáe was already determined to help oust Donald Trump, but his response to COVID-19 has solidified that resolve. NBC News, "Janelle Monáe on privilege, COVID-19 and queer love in 'Homecoming'," 9 June 2020 If that sounds like too much of a commitment at the moment, build up your resolve by watching live webcam footage of these cuddlesome, sea dogs. Brad Japhe, Travel + Leisure, "How to See Whales, Bears, Eagles and More Incredible Wildlife in Alaska," 14 June 2020 Barrios showed great resolve in his win over Akhmedov, flooring his opponent in the final round after appearing on the brink of defeat. John Whisler, ExpressNews.com, "Barrios bullish on SA pal Franco’s world title chances," 11 June 2020 Still, Harris’ pleasant demeanor and ever-present smile belie her tough resolve, much of it acquired during her path as a rare person of color and a black woman in med school. NBC News, "Dr. Patrice Harris: A steady voice of leadership during a deadly pandemic," 9 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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28 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Resolve.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/resolve. Accessed 4 Jul. 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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