resolution

noun
res·​o·​lu·​tion | \ ˌre-zə-ˈlü-shən How to pronounce resolution (audio) \

Definition of resolution

1 : the act or process of resolving: such as
a : the act of analyzing a complex notion into simpler ones
b : the act of answering : solving
c : the act of determining
d : the passing of a voice part from a dissonant to a consonant tone or the progression of a chord from dissonance to consonance
e : the separating of a chemical compound or mixture into its constituents
f(1) : the division of a prosodic element into its component parts
(2) : the substitution in Greek or Latin prosody of two short syllables for a long syllable
g : the analysis of a vector into two or more vectors of which it is the sum
2 : the subsidence of a pathological state (such as inflammation)
3a : something that is resolved made a resolution to mend my ways
b : firmness of resolve
4 : a formal expression of opinion, will, or intent voted by an official body or assembled group
5 : the point in a literary work at which the chief dramatic complication is worked out
6a : the process or capability of making distinguishable the individual parts of an object, closely adjacent optical images, or sources of light
b : a measure of the sharpness of an image or of the fineness with which a device (such as a video display, printer, or scanner) can produce or record such an image usually expressed as the total number or density of pixels in the image a resolution of 1200 dots per inch

Choose the Right Synonym for resolution

courage, mettle, spirit, resolution, tenacity mean mental or moral strength to resist opposition, danger, or hardship. courage implies firmness of mind and will in the face of danger or extreme difficulty. the courage to support unpopular causes mettle suggests an ingrained capacity for meeting strain or difficulty with fortitude and resilience. a challenge that will test your mettle spirit also suggests a quality of temperament enabling one to hold one's own or keep up one's morale when opposed or threatened. her spirit was unbroken by failure resolution stresses firm determination to achieve one's ends. the resolution of pioneer women tenacity adds to resolution implications of stubborn persistence and unwillingness to admit defeat. held to their beliefs with great tenacity

Examples of resolution in a Sentence

In June, the demagogic militia leader Moqtada al Sadr … sponsored a resolution requiring the government to seek permission of the parliament before asking the U.N. to reauthorize the presence of foreign forces in Iraq. — Lawrence Wright, New Yorker, 22 Oct. 2007 Perrotta tells a good story in a top-shelf romance kind of way, and you'll very likely find yourself eager to get to the resolution once you've begun. — Paul J. Griffiths, Commonweal, 21 Dec. 2007 The new revelation was that, in high resolution, the valley showed deep channels and scours sharply incised into bedrock … — Bertram Schwarzschild, Physics Today, September 2007 In late August, the U.N. Security Council passed a resolution calling for peacekeepers to deploy to Darfur to stop a genocide that has claimed some 400,000 lives over the last three years. New Republic, 30 Oct. 2006 The OMEGA spectrometer on the European Space Agency's Mars Express orbiter has gone where no spectrometer has gone before, covering near-infrared wavelengths and offering 10 times the resolution of earlier instruments. — George Musser, Scientific American, December 2005 But Hannah's brief resolution suddenly gave way, and all at once she clung to Kit, sobbing like a child. — Elizabeth George Speare, The Witch of Blackbird Pond, 1987 Here again it would seem that the vicarious experience just once of seeing another human being completely "blotto" should be sufficient to engender a firm and unbreakable resolution never to take a chance on making a similarly disgusting spectacle of oneself. — David A. Embury, The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks, 1970 a court for the resolution of civil disputes We found a resolution to the dispute. computer screens with high resolutions The monitor has excellent resolution. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Along with other legislative colleagues, Sen. Blackburn introduced a resolution in June 2021 to condemn the use of Critical Race Theory in K-12 schools and teacher training programs. Fox News, 1 Aug. 2022 Watson has not yet spoken to reporters during camp, presumably waiting until there is a resolution in his case. Rob Maaddi, Chron, 31 July 2022 Watson is not expected to speak to the media until there is a resolution. Rob Maaddi, ajc, 29 July 2022 Thompson said there was no mutually agreeable resolution between the investigator and Smith. Gary Craig, USA TODAY, 23 July 2022 There was no immediate word on whether a protest was filed or whether there was any resolution. oregonlive, 20 July 2022 The images by Webb, which launched in December 2021, are the deepest and highest resolution ever taken of the universe, according to NASA. Meredith Deliso, ABC News, 14 July 2022 Police Chief Garret Ciszewski during the Hobart City Council’s plenary meeting introduced a resolution asserting that the city should have its own dispatcher and channel. Michelle L. Quinn, Chicago Tribune, 8 July 2022 Wilcox has vowed not to schedule any hours for Loehmann until there is a resolution, according to WEWS. Timothy Bella, Washington Post, 7 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of resolution

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for resolution

Middle English resolucioun, from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French resolucion, from Latin resolution-, resolutio, from resolvere — see resolve entry 1

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resolution

noun
res·​o·​lu·​tion | \ ˌre-zə-ˈlü-shən How to pronounce resolution (audio) \

Kids Definition of resolution

1 : something decided on a New Year's resolution
2 : firmness of purpose : determination
3 : the act of solving They went to court for resolution of the matter.
4 : the solution to a problem They found a resolution to the dispute.
5 : a statement of the feelings, wishes, or decisions of a group

resolution

noun
res·​o·​lu·​tion | \ ˌrez-ə-ˈlü-shən How to pronounce resolution (audio) \

Medical Definition of resolution

1 : the separating of a chemical compound or mixture into its constituents
2 : the process or capability of making distinguishable the individual parts of an object, closely adjacent optical images, or sources of light
3 : the subsidence of a pathological state (as inflammation)

resolution

noun
res·​o·​lu·​tion | \ ˌre-zə-ˈlü-shən How to pronounce resolution (audio) \

Legal Definition of resolution

1 : a formal expression of opinion, will, or intention voted by an official body (as a legislature) or assembled group — see also concurrent resolution, joint resolution
2 : an expression or document containing authorization usually by a corporate board of directors of a particular act, transaction, agent, or representative a corporate resolution authorizing counsel to bind the corporation to a settlement

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