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resolve
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4 meanings
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1  —as in:
I resolved to stop drinking.
Definition to decide — typically a firm or formal decision
  • This year I resolved to lose a pound a week for 5 weeks.
resolved = decided
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • I resolved to never drink again.
  • resolved = decided
  • I resolved never again to raise my voice at anyone who might be physically intimidated by me.
  • resolved = decided
  • Tom resolved that he would never trust a man like that again.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • resolved = decided
  • ...she resolved then and there not to tell anyone about what she was feeling.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Message in a Bottle
  • resolved = decided
  • I ... resolved not to let the sun set on my anger, and ran over to tell Laurie I was sorry.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • resolved = decided
  • She resolved on not answering Isabella's letter, and tried to think no more of it.
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • resolved = decided
  • The code seemed like their only hope now, and he resolved to focus on that.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • resolved = decided
  • I had resolved to run away.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • resolved = definitely decided
  • I resolve not to think of clothes when I am in church.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
resolve = definitely decide (with firmness of purpose)

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2  —as in:
This committee hereby resolves...
Definition make a decision or voice an opinion by formal group vote
  • The Security Council resolved that all parties should work together for the successful implementation of the National Peace Accords.
resolved = voiced an opinion by formal group vote
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • As usual, the Security Council resolved to condemn Israel for their action.
  • resolved = voiced an opinion by formal group vote
  • We the Committee for Social Justice do hereby resolve that whereas oppression of...
  • resolve = voice a decision or opinion by formal group vote
  • ...I propose to you on the part of the United Aggregate Tribunal, ever watchful for your welfare, ever zealous for your benefit, that this meeting does Resolve: That Stephen Blackpool, weaver, referred to in this placard, having been already solemnly disowned by the community of Coketown Hands, the same are free from the shame of his misdeeds, and...
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • resolve = make a decision or voice an opinion by formal group vote
  • ...with a noble and majestic unanimity that will make Tyrants tremble, resolve for to subscribe to the funds of the United Aggregate Tribunal, and to abide by the injunctions issued by that body for your benefit, whatever they may be...
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times

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3  —as in:
Her resolve weakened.
Definition firmness of purpose (strong determination to do something)
  • She never waivered in her resolve to attend a good college.
resolve = determination (firmness of purpose)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • She is testing my resolve to keep a good attitude.
  • resolve = determination (firmness of purpose)
  • Russia is again testing NATO's resolve in Eastern Europe.
  • resolve = firmness of purpose
  • This time Nasuada answered, "My heart is pure and my resolve is as iron."
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • resolve = firmness of purpose
  • She was quite concerned and ashamed, and resolved to do such things no more.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • resolved = determined (having firm purpose or having firmly decided)
  • Where this sudden courage and resolve came from, he had no idea.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • resolve = determination
  • I labored to put some resolve into my tone.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • resolve = firmness of purpose
  • I didn't feel the same resolve the others seemed to feel.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • resolve = determination (firmness of purpose)
  • I must have been on a fairly large dose because when the craving for it hits, accompanied by tremors, and shooting pains, and unbearable cold, my resolve's crushed like an eggshell.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • resolve = determination
  • My resolve is almost immediately broken at the first table, which has twenty or so soups, when I encounter a creamy pumpkin brew sprinkled with slivered nuts and tiny black seeds.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
resolve = determination (strength of purpose)

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4  —as in:
How did you resolve the problem?
Definition to solve a problem or settle a disagreement
  • Three of the five issues have already been resolved.
resolved = solved or settled
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • This feud will never be resolved with violence.
  • resolved = solved or settled
  • How can we resolve our disagreement without violence or lawyers?
  • resolve = solve or settle
  • Sinus infections tend to resolve themselves over time.
  • resolve = solve (take care of)
  • "I'm so glad this could be resolved without violence," he said sweetly.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • resolved = settled
  • When he saw Heidi, and she looked back at him, I knew instantly their argument from the night before had not been resolved.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Along for the Ride
  • resolved = settled
  • Perhaps if we can talk to these young ones, explain the rules, it can be resolved peacefully.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • resolved = settled
  • Whatever problems we may have with each other, we prefer resolving our differences one-on-one.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • resolving = settled
  • That could take weeks to resolve.
    Alexs Pate  --  Amistad
  • resolve = settle
  • The young man must know these cases are never quickly resolved.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
resolved = settled

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Less commonly:
Less commonly, resolve can mean:
  • 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," or (physics) "The force on the inclined plane resolves into horizontal and vertical components."
  • reduce or convert into something else -- as in: "The URL is resolved to an IP address," or (music) "The progression is resolved as the dissonance is replaced by consonance."
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