Definitions of resolve

  1. 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"
  2. understand the meaning of; " The question concerning the meaning of life cannot be answered"
  3. cause to go into a solution; " The recipe says that we should dissolve a cup of sugar in two cups of water"
  4. reach a conclusion after a discussion or deliberation
  5. the trait of being resolute; firmness of purpose; " his resoluteness carried him through the battle"; " it was his unshakeable resolution to finish the work"
  6. reach a decision; " he resolved never to drink again"
  7. make clearly visible, as of images in optics
  8. find the solution to; " solve an equation"
  9. find the solution; " solve an equation"; " solve for x"
  10. make clearly visible; " can this image be resolved?"
  11. To cause to perceive or understand; to acquaint; to inform; to convince; to assure; to make certain.
  12. To determine or decide in purpose; to make ready in mind; to fix; to settle; as, he was resolved by an unexpected event.
  13. 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.
  14. To dispere or scatter; to discuss, as an inflammation or a tumor.
  15. To let the tones ( as of a discord) follow their several tendencies, resulting in a concord.
  16. To relax; to lay at ease.
  17. To be separated into its component parts or distinct principles; to undergo resolution.
  18. To melt; to dissolve; to become fluid.
  19. To be settled in opinion; to be convinced.
  20. To form a purpose; to make a decision; especially, to determine after reflection; as, to resolve on a better course of life.
  21. The act of resolving or making clear; resolution; solution.
  22. That which has been resolved on or determined; decisive conclusion; fixed purpose; determination; also, legal or official determination; a legislative declaration; a resolution.
  23. To separate the component parts of; to reduce to the constituent elements; - said of compound substances; hence, sometimes, to melt, or dissolve.
  24. 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.
  25. 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)
  26. To change or convert by resolution or formal vote; - used only reflexively; as, the house resolved itself into a committee of the whole.
  27. 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.
  28. To separate or be separated into elements or parts; come to a determination.
  29. Fixed purpose; determination; that which has been determined on; a resolution.
  30. 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.
  31. To determine.
  32. Anything resolved or determined: resolution: fixed purpose.
  33. Anything resolved; fixed purpose.
  34. To separate into elements; analyse; explain; decide.
  35. To decide absolutely; form a fixed purpose; determine.
  36. To separate into parts; analyze.
  37. Fixedness of purpose; a fixed determination; resolution.
  38. Resolvable.
  39. Fixed purpose of mind; settled determination; legal determination; resolution of a corporation or association.
  40. 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.
  41. To determine; to determine by vote; to dissolve; to separate into its elements; to be settled in opinion.
  42. 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.
  43. Fixed purpose of mind; determination.

Usage examples for resolve

  1. On the other hand, the exercise of her free- will in a fast resolve, was growing all the more a privilege that he was bound to respect. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  2. One more attempt I made to induce her to alter her resolve. – The Shame of Motley by Raphael Sabatini
  3. A resolve to write to him some day began to shape itself in her mind. – Georgina of the Rainbows by Annie Fellows Johnston
  4. He took time to resolve upon a matter; but, when once his resolution was fixed, his will was iron, and his heart was stone. – Bred in the Bone by James Payn
  5. He had made a resolve, and intended to keep it; he would put this secret with which he had been entrusted behind his back, and would wander about the world with Madge and- her father. – The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume
  6. He could not resolve how to act. – The Emancipated by George Gissing
  7. All this seemed to puzzle the porter, but certainly made no impression upon his resolve. – The Living Link by James De Mille
  8. How shall I resolve you of that, Mrs. Plumfield? – Queechy, Volume II by Elizabeth Wetherell
  9. The instant this resolve was formed, the honest- hearted hunter felt better. – The Riflemen of the Miami by Edward S. Ellis
  10. Is not the very resolve that it shall not be an adventure a token? – The Clever Woman of the Family by Charlotte M. Yonge
  11. I assure you I approve your resolve. – Vendetta A Story of One Forgotten by Marie Corelli
  12. The same moment the thought was a resolve. – Thomas Wingfold, Curate by George MacDonald
  13. Pale and erect he stood- neither fear, nor anger, nor menace- but deep grief and high resolve- upon his features! – Rienzi by Edward Bulwer Lytton
  14. This made me resolve, should he not be better in the morning, to remain there another day. – In the Wilds of Africa by W.H.G. Kingston
  15. Every thought was his, every resolve, every joy. – The Tides of Barnegat by F. Hopkinson Smith
  16. And how many times did she not resolve to speak that word? – Tales From Two Hemispheres by Hjalmar Hjorth Boysen
  17. We can resolve not to turn away from them, even though they make us ashamed. – The Good News of God by Charles Kingsley
  18. For Ruth had made a great resolve: she would try to let Lafayette know that the English General meant to do his best to take him a prisoner to England. – A Little Maid of Old Philadelphia by Alice Turner Curtis
  19. I was in a fearful state of perplexity, as I always was whenever it was necessary for me to resolve, and I felt that I could not do so. – The Memoires of Casanova, Complete The Rare Unabridged London Edition Of 1894, plus An Unpublished Chapter of History, By Arthur Symons by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  20. His resolve was taken. – The Life of Napoleon I (Volumes, 1 and 2) by John Holland Rose