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1  —as in:
a New Year's resolution
Definition a firm decision to do something
  • Her New Year's resolution is to read deeply at least one hour a day.
resolution = a firm decision to do something
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Are you making any New Year's resolutions this year?
  • resolutions = firm decisions to do things
  • My first resolution was to quit Geneva forever; my country, which, when I was happy and beloved, was dear to me, now, in my adversity, became hateful.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • resolution = decision
  • He thoroughly knows his own mind, and acts up to his resolutions: an inestimable quality.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • resolutions = decisions
  • Ralph made a resolution to tie his own back afterwards.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • resolution = firm decision
  • Through tears, he apologized and promised never to mistreat another POW. His resolution didn't last.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • resolution = decision
  • My first thought was a resolution: I resolved to never again work for my father.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
  • resolution = a firm decision to do something
  • Glad I made the resolution, gladder that I kept to it.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • resolution = firm decision
  • Then, about a week before the exams were due to start, Harry's new resolution not to interfere in anything that didn't concern him was put to an unexpected test.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
  • resolution = firm decision
  • It gave him little surprise, however; for he had been revolving in his mind a change of life, and thought and hoped he saw his new-born resolutions carried out in this.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Christmas Carol
resolutions = decisions

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2  —as in:
a United Nations resolution
Definition a formal statement of decision or opinion voted on by a group
  • The United Nations passed a resolution condemning the country's use of chemical weapons.
resolution = a formal statement of opinion
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Congress passed a resolution supporting the country's right to defend itself.
  • resolution = a formal statement of opinion
  • Once the resolutions were agreed, they were sent to officials and a handful were even acted on.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • resolutions = formal statements of decision or opinion voted on by a group
  • A unanimous resolution was passed on the spot that the farmhouse should be preserved as a museum.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • resolution = a formal statement of a decision voted on by a group
  • We passed nine resolutions calling for an end to child labor and asking for help to send the disabled and street children to school, as well as for the reconstruction of all the schools destroyed by the Taliban.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • resolutions = formal statements of decision or opinion voted on by a group
  • Have you any record of such a resolution?
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • He assured them that the resolution against engaging in trade and using money had never been passed, or even suggested.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • All the animals remembered passing such resolutions: or at least they thought that they remembered it.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • It was always the pigs who put forward the resolutions.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • Here the work of the coming week was planned out and resolutions were put forward and debated.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm

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3  —as in:
Her resolution weakened.
Definition determination (firmness of purpose)
  • She ran each mile of the marathon with increasing resolution.
resolution = determination
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Through many years and hardships, her resolution to serve the poor never wavered.
  • resolution = determination
  • And remember, comrades, your resolution must never falter. No argument must lead you astray.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • resolution = determination
  • Soft, soft, but how piercing! boring and drilling into reason, tunnelling through resolution.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • resolution = firmness of purpose
  • She looked at me so appealingly, and at the same time manifested such courage and resolution in her bearing, that I gave in at once to her wishes.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • resolution = determination
  • "Wait a moment, Kit," said William. "Let them go ahead. I want to talk to you." The quiet resolution in his voice penetrated her racing thoughts.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • resolution = firmness of purpose
  • PARRIS, with resolution now: Betty! Answer Mr. Hale!
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • resolution = firmness of purpose
  • My courage and my resolution is firm; but my hopes fluctuate, and my spirits are often depressed.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • resolution = determination (firmness of purpose)
  • But I couldn't listen, not really, because Baba's casual little comment had planted a seed in my head: the resolution that I would win that winter's tournament.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • resolution = determination (firmness of purpose)
  • He turned away to recover himself, and when he spoke again, though his voice still faltered, his manner shewed the wish of self-command, and the resolution of avoiding any farther allusion.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
resolution = determination

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4  —as in:
a dispute resolution fund
Definition a solution or outcome
  • We anticipate a peaceful resolution to the dispute.
resolution = solution or outcome
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • We continue to work together, but there is still no resolution to our disagreement.
  • resolution = solution or outcome
  • It is a paradox in whose grip we still live, and there is no prospect yet that we will discover its resolution.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
resolution = solution

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Less commonly:
Much less commonly, other meanings of resolution include:
  • a measure of optic detail — as in: "The photograph has excellent resolution."
  • separation into different parts — as in:  "When force is applied to an inclined plane there is resolution of the force into horizontal and vertical components."
  • conversion to something else — as in:  "... resolution of the chord from dissonance (an unstable sound) to consonance (a more stable sound)."
  • reduction to or conversion to something else — as in:  "It permits resolution of a URL to an IP address."
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