res·​o·​lute | \ ˈre-zə-ˌlüt How to pronounce resolute (audio) , -lət \

Definition of resolute

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : marked by firm determination : resolved a resolute character
2 : bold, steady a resolute gaze



Definition of resolute (Entry 2 of 2)

: a resolute person

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resolutely \ ˈre-​zə-​ˌlüt-​lē How to pronounce resolute (audio) , -​lət-​ ; ˌre-​zə-​ˈlüt-​ \ adverb
resoluteness \ ˈre-​zə-​ˌlüt-​nəs How to pronounce resolute (audio) , -​lət-​ , ˌre-​zə-​ˈlüt-​ \ noun

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faithful, loyal, constant, staunch, steadfast, resolute mean firm in adherence to whatever one owes allegiance. faithful implies unswerving adherence to a person or thing or to the oath or promise by which a tie was contracted. faithful to her promise loyal implies a firm resistance to any temptation to desert or betray. remained loyal to the czar constant stresses continuing firmness of emotional attachment without necessarily implying strict obedience to promises or vows. constant friends staunch suggests fortitude and resolution in adherence and imperviousness to influences that would weaken it. a staunch defender of free speech steadfast implies a steady and unwavering course in love, allegiance, or conviction. steadfast in their support resolute implies firm determination to adhere to a cause or purpose. a resolute ally

Resolve to Define Resolute

Resolute comes from the same Latin verb as resolved, and the two words are often synonyms. So how did it get this meaning from the Latin? Essentially, when you resolve a question or problem, you come to a conclusion, and once you've reached a conclusion you can proceed to act. So in your New Year's resolutions, you resolve—or make up your mind—to do something. Unfortunately, New Year's resolutions aren't a good illustration of the meaning of resolute, since only about one in ten actually seems to succeed.

Examples of resolute in a Sentence

Adjective She is a resolute competitor. He has remained resolute in his opposition to the bill. a leader with a stern and resolute manner
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The stories feature a resolute young woman masterfully navigating the racist, sexist bigotry of the 1940’s British island colony. Jamie Lang, Variety, 7 Oct. 2021 Over the road, the Maverick has the resolute solidity of a unibody SUV with a firm ride that enables the lofty payload and benefits body control. Dave Vanderwerp, Car and Driver, 5 Oct. 2021 Here a civilian leader is shown in an unwarlike pose, seated, with a thoughtful and resolute expression—an icon of responsibility. Adam Kirsch, WSJ, 1 Oct. 2021 Unlike Patterson defenses of the past, TCU’s defense hasn’t been completely resolute — particularly against the run. Ross Fisher, Dallas News, 30 Sep. 2021 President Muhammadu Buhari was one of the soldiers who fought on the Nigerian side during the Biafran war and is resolute about keeping the country united. Stephanie Busari And Sebastian Shukla, CNN, 25 Sep. 2021 Opposite him, a woman on a pedestal cradles an infant and thrusts a document into the air, her face calm and resolute. Washington Post, 22 Sep. 2021 Indeed, some Merkel watchers say the key to her legacy – most often identified as her stellar crisis management skills and a humble-but-resolute leadership style – can be found in her upbringing as a child of the GDR. Lenora Chu, The Christian Science Monitor, 20 Sep. 2021 The shop's stash of intricate textiles and custom furnishings by New England artisans would have even the most resolute decorators scheming their next foyer revitalization. Condé Nast Traveler, 13 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The sparks between Mike and Marta fly, or at least skitter toward one another with resolute, shuffleboard-style jauntiness. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 17 Sep. 2021 The aquifer of robust melody beneath 90s alt-rock (of a certain strain) runs from Bob Mould, the resolute Hüsker Dü principal whose second act, Sugar, registered its own opus of that era. Nathan Rizzo | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 30 Aug. 2021 The prospect of a protracted and public battle has disheartened many close to Mr. Cuomo, who have described him as somber, yet resolute. New York Times, 10 Aug. 2021 An explosion, desperate car chases, a gas canister rolling past the feet of terrified passengers, oxygen masks dropping from the cabin ceiling, fighter jets scrambling, the resolute faces of the crew and the lights of a skyscraper … getting closer. Robert Anglen, The Arizona Republic, 4 July 2021 Days after a series of violent acts stunned Greater Boston and threatened its Jewish community, residents are jolted but resolute, vowing to continue taking pride in their Jewish identity. Penny Schwartz,, 7 July 2021 But the mask drive also exemplified the government’s resolute decision-making before a global medical consensus had coalesced. Dan Xin Huang, The New Republic, 24 May 2021 Fourteen more of these radiant acrylic sculptures made by 3D technology stand resolute in a wing under the movie theater that leads out to the garden. Cheryl Hall, Dallas News, 23 May 2021 Prison wardens will applaud the heft and assuredness with which the vault-like slabs snick shut, as resolute as any Chubb safe. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 1 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of resolute


1522, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1578, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for resolute


Latin resolutus, past participle of resolvere

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“Resolute.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of resolute

: very determined : having or showing a lot of determination


res·​o·​lute | \ ˈre-zə-ˌlüt How to pronounce resolute (audio) \

Kids Definition of resolute

: firmly determined

Other Words from resolute

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