Synonyms & Antonyms of resolve

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1 to come to a judgment about after discussion or consideration
  • I resolved to eat more healthily and to exercise regularly

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2 to find an answer for through reasoning
  • resolve the apparent contradictions in the collected data

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Synonyms & Antonyms of resolve (Entry 2 of 2)

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How does the verb resolve differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of resolve are decide, determine, rule, and settle. While all these words mean "to come or cause to come to a conclusion," resolve implies an expressed or clear decision or determination to do or refrain from doing something.

he resolved to quit smoking

When might decide be a better fit than resolve?

In some situations, the words decide and resolve are roughly equivalent. However, decide implies previous consideration of a matter causing doubt, wavering, debate, or controversy.

she decided to sell her house

When could determine be used to replace resolve?

Although the words determine and resolve have much in common, determine implies fixing the identity, character, scope, or direction of something.

determined the cause of the problem

When is it sensible to use rule instead of resolve?

The words rule and resolve can be used in similar contexts, but rule implies a determination by judicial or administrative authority.

the judge ruled that the evidence was inadmissible

When would settle be a good substitute for resolve?

While the synonyms settle and resolve are close in meaning, settle implies a decision reached by someone with power to end all dispute or uncertainty.

the dean's decision settled the campus alcohol policy

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

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“Resolve.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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