Essential Meaning of resolve
1 : to find an answer or solution to (something) : to settle or solve (something) The brothers finally resolved their conflict. The issue of the book's authorship was never resolved. See More ExamplesHis speech did nothing to resolve doubts about the company's future. They haven't been able to resolve their differences.
2 : to make a definite and serious decision to do something She resolved to quit smoking. He resolved that he would start dating again.
3 : to make a formal decision about something usually by a vote The committee resolved to override the veto.
Full Definition of resolve
(Entry 1 of 2)
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
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)
Definition of resolve (Entry 2 of 2)
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