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
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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web
An agreement facilitated by the U.S. and Soviet Union resolved the conflict, but the canal remained closed until 1957 due to sunken ships.—Maeghan Dolph, Fox News, 22 Nov. 2023 In addition to uniting OpenAI employees behind Altman, his recent ouster appears to have resolved some of the tension with Sutskever.—Max Zahn, ABC News, 21 Nov. 2023 Both the House and Senate bills would steer $250 million toward the shelter system, but a conference committee was unable to resolve other differences.—Steve Leblanc, Fortune, 20 Nov. 2023 Two years ago, the company set aside as much as $16 billion to resolve more than 100,000 cases over Roundup’s health impact.—Tim Loh, Fortune Europe, 20 Nov. 2023 In a statement, both parties said the matter was resolved amicably.—Janelle Griffith, NBC News, 18 Nov. 2023 Advertisement The decision effectively resolves a lawsuit the county water agency filed earlier this year against the San Diego County Local Agency Formation Commission.—Jeff McDonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Nov. 2023 However, both issues have been resolved in recent weeks.—Dory Jackson, Peoplemag, 16 Nov. 2023 The authorities may seek to resolve the problem through the permanent deployment of more forces on the border and inside communities themselves, so as to improve security.—Neri Zilber, The Christian Science Monitor, 16 Nov. 2023
On one side of the ledger, Ukraine has demonstrated stunning resolve and skill, not only denying Russia’s attempt to subjugate it but also taking back a considerable portion of the territory seized by Russia last year.—Richard Haass and Charles Kupchan, Foreign Affairs, 17 Nov. 2023 Sawai as Cate and Yamamoto as Keiko, who are doubles in impulsiveness, resolve and dignity, hold the screen with equal power; Clemons’ May, with her wounded bravado, is quite moving.—Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times, 16 Nov. 2023 Lady Bird narrates the grisly events of that day — the day of Kennedy’s assassination — in her native Texan drawl: soft, lilting, touched with sadness but also steely resolve.—Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, 1 Nov. 2023 Whether hundreds more will follow depends on Western resolve.—James K. Glassman, Fortune, 31 Oct. 2023 Specifically, Freud argued the superego developed in childhood as a part of the Oedipal resolve, a highly controversial theory that held that young boys resented their fathers as romantic rivals for their mother’s affections.—Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi, Discover Magazine, 9 Nov. 2023 For Morante, Francesco’s lack of resolve was symptomatic.—Jess Bergman, The New Yorker, 8 Nov. 2023 Jeremy Renner says that, amid various therapy treatments following his New Year’s snow plow accident last January, the best therapy continues to be his mental resolve and resilience.—Abbey White, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 Nov. 2023 As the trailer teases, Woody remains on a mission to find Bonnie and return Forky to the others — but his resolve is tested.—Kelsie Gibson, Peoplemag, 7 Nov. 2023 See More
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Middle English, from Latin resolvere to unloose, dissolve, from re- + solvere to loosen, release — more at solve