resolve

To resolve is to settle or make a decision about something — often formal. A college's board of directors might resolve to recruit more minority students. As a noun, resolve refers to a strong determination to do something.

If you make a New Year's resolution to exercise every day, you'll need plenty of resolve to stick with your program. The verb descends from Middle English resolven "to dissolve," from Latin resolvere "to untie." In English, the obsolete sense of "to dissolve" can be seen in this line from Shakespeare: "O, that this too too solid flesh would melt, thaw, and resolve itself into a dew."

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: resolve

1
vn
find the solution
the trait of being resolute
2
v
make clearly visible
3
v
understand the meaning of
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: resolve
1

v find the solution

Synonyms:
solve
Types:
factorise, factorize
resolve (a polynomial) into factors
Type of:
calculate, cipher, compute, cypher, figure, reckon, work out
make a mathematical calculation or computation

v reach a decision

“he resolved never to drink again”
Synonyms:
purpose
Type of:
decide, determine, make up one's mind
reach, make, or come to a decision about something

v reach a conclusion after a discussion or deliberation

Synonyms:
conclude
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determine, settle, square off, square up
settle conclusively; come to terms
clear, solve
settle, as of a debt
concert
settle by agreement
clinch
settle conclusively
compromise
settle by concession
Type of:
agree, concord, concur, hold
be in accord; be in agreement

v bring to an end; settle conclusively

Synonyms:
adjudicate, decide, settle
Types:
judge
determine the result of (a competition)
adjust
decide how much is to be paid on an insurance claim
referee, umpire
be a referee or umpire in a sports competition
Type of:
end, terminate
bring to an end or halt

v cause to go into a solution

Synonyms:
break up, dissolve
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melt, melt down, run
reduce or cause to be reduced from a solid to a liquid state, usually by heating
cut
dissolve by breaking down the fat of
fuse
make liquid or plastic by heating
render, try
melt (fat or lard) in order to separate out impurities
Type of:
change integrity
change in physical make-up

n the trait of being resolute

Synonyms:
firmness, firmness of purpose, resoluteness, resolution
Antonyms:
irresoluteness, irresolution
the trait of being irresolute; lacking firmness of purpose
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possession, self-command, self-control, self-possession, self-will, will power, willpower
the trait of resolutely controlling your own behavior
steadiness
freedom from wavering or indecision; constancy of resolve or conduct
sturdiness
resoluteness evidenced by strength of character
stiffness
firm resoluteness in purpose or opinion or action
bullheadedness, obstinacy, obstinance, pigheadedness, self-will, stubbornness
resolute adherence to your own ideas or desires
single-mindedness
characterized by one unified purpose
adamance, obduracy, unyieldingness
resoluteness by virtue of being unyielding and inflexible
decision, decisiveness
the trait of resoluteness as evidenced by firmness of character or purpose
determination, purpose
the quality of being determined to do or achieve something; firmness of purpose
steadfastness
steadfast resolution
nerves
control of your emotions
presence of mind
self-control in a crisis; ability to say or do the right thing in an emergency
impenitence, impenitency
the trait of refusing to repent
intransigence, intransigency
the trait of being intransigent; stubbornly refusing to compromise
doggedness, perseverance, persistence, persistency, pertinacity, tenaciousness, tenacity
persistent determination
indefatigability, indefatigableness, tirelessness
tireless determination
diligence, industriousness, industry
persevering determination to perform a task
Type of:
trait
a distinguishing feature of your personal nature

n a formal expression by a meeting; agreed to by a vote

Synonyms:
declaration, resolution
Examples:
Declaration of Independence
the document recording the proclamation of the second Continental Congress (4 July 1776) asserting the independence of the Colonies from Great Britain
Types:
joint resolution
a resolution passed by both houses of Congress which becomes legally binding when signed by the Chief Executive (or passed over the Chief Executive's veto)
Type of:
document, papers, written document
writing that provides information (especially information of an official nature)
2

v make clearly visible

“can this image be resolved?”
Type of:
discern, distinguish, make out, pick out, recognise, recognize, spot, tell apart
detect with the senses
3

v understand the meaning of

Synonyms:
answer
Type of:
figure out, lick, puzzle out, solve, work, work out
find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of
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