Definitions of resolve

  1. To determine; to determine by vote; to dissolve; to separate into its elements; to be settled in opinion.
  2. To change in form by formal vote; as, the board resolved itself into a committee; reduce to simpler form; as, the matter resolves itself into a mere question of right and wrong; separate into the parts of which the whole is made up; as, to resolve a word into its elements; explain; as, to resolve a mystery; work out or solve, as a problem; decide; determine; as, he resolved to do better; adopt by vote.
  3. To separate into parts: to analyze: to free from doubt or difficulty: to explain: to decide: to fix by resolution or formal declaration: ( math.) to solve: ( med.) to disperse, as a tumor: ( music) to carry a discord into a concord.
  4. To separate into elements; analyse; explain; decide.
  5. To cause to perceive or understand; to acquaint; to inform; to convince; to assure; to make certain.
  6. To determine or decide in purpose; to make ready in mind; to fix; to settle; as, he was resolved by an unexpected event.
  7. To solve, as a problem, by enumerating the several things to be done, in order to obtain what is required; to find the answer to, or the result of.
  8. To dispere or scatter; to discuss, as an inflammation or a tumor.
  9. To let the tones ( as of a discord) follow their several tendencies, resulting in a concord.
  10. To relax; to lay at ease.
  11. To be separated into its component parts or distinct principles; to undergo resolution.
  12. To melt; to dissolve; to become fluid.
  13. To be settled in opinion; to be convinced.
  14. To form a purpose; to make a decision; especially, to determine after reflection; as, to resolve on a better course of life.
  15. To separate the component parts of; to reduce to the constituent elements; - said of compound substances; hence, sometimes, to melt, or dissolve.
  16. To reduce to simple or intelligible notions; - said of complex ideas or obscure questions; to make clear or certain; to free from doubt; to disentangle; to unravel; to explain; hence, to clear up, or dispel, as doubt; as, to resolve a riddle.
  17. To express, as an opinion or determination, by resolution and vote; to declare or decide by a formal vote; - followed by a clause; as, the house resolved ( or, it was resolved by the house) that no money should be apropriated ( or, to appropriate no money)
  18. To change or convert by resolution or formal vote; - used only reflexively; as, the house resolved itself into a committee of the whole.
  19. To separate or be separated into elements or parts; come to a determination.
  20. bring to an end; settle conclusively, as of a conflict; " The case was decided"; " The judge decided the case in favor of the plaintiff"; " The father adjudicated when the sons were quarreling over their inheritance"
  21. reach a decision; " he resolved never to drink again"
  22. make clearly visible, as of images in optics
  23. To separate a complex body or idea into simple parts or elements; to analyse; to unravel; to solve; to explain; to determine; to settle in an opinion; to make certain; to melt; to form or constitute by resolution; to determine on; to disperse, as an inflammation or tumour.
  24. To reduce to simple parts or first principles; to analyse; to clear of difficulties; to explain; to determine in one's own mind; to fix in a determination; to decide; to purpose; to constitute by vote or formal declaration; in med., to disperse or scatter, as a tumour.
  25. the trait of being resolute; firmness of purpose; " his resoluteness carried him through the battle"; " it was his unshakeable resolution to finish the work"
  26. find the solution; " solve an equation"; " solve for x"
  27. make clearly visible; " can this image be resolved?"
  28. The act of resolving or making clear; resolution; solution.
  29. That which has been resolved on or determined; decisive conclusion; fixed purpose; determination; also, legal or official determination; a legislative declaration; a resolution.
  30. Fixed purpose; determination; that which has been determined on; a resolution.
  31. Anything resolved or determined: resolution: fixed purpose.
  32. Anything resolved; fixed purpose.
  33. Fixedness of purpose; a fixed determination; resolution.
  34. Fixed purpose of mind; settled determination; legal determination; resolution of a corporation or association.
  35. Fixed purpose of mind; determination.
  36. Resolvable.