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Multiple Meanings

She resolved to never drink again.
to solve or definitely decide


firmness of purpose (strong determination to do something)

Less commonly, resolve can mean:
  • to bring an end to, change state, or settle conclusively — as in "The unrest will resolve itself."
  • to make clearly visible as in "The microscope cannot resolve that level of detail,"
  • to divide into parts—as in "The problem resolves into three parts," or (math) "Resolve the polynomial into factors," or (chemistry) "As the temperature changes, the compound resolves into its component parts."
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