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resolve
used in Middlemarch

2 meanings, 67 uses
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1  —4 uses as in:
I resolved to stop drinking.
Definition
to decide — typically a firm or formal decision
  • It seems to me very miserable not to resolve on some course and act accordingly.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (15% in)
resolve = decide
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • He really did not like it: giving up Dorothea was very painful to him; but there was something in the resolve to make this visit forthwith and conquer all show of feeling, which was a sort of file-biting and counter-irritant.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (49% in)
  • I suppose one good resolve might keep a man right if everybody else's resolve helped him.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (64% in)
  • I suppose one good resolve might keep a man right if everybody else's resolve helped him.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (64% in)

There are no more uses of "resolve" flagged with this meaning in Middlemarch.

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2  —3 uses as in:
Her resolve weakened.
Definition
firmness of purpose (strong determination to do something)
  • Permanent rebellion, the disorder of a life without some loving reverent resolve, was not possible to her;
    Book 2 — Old and Young (70% in)
resolve = firmness of purpose
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Out they toddled from rugged Avila, wide-eyed and helpless-looking as two fawns, but with human hearts, already beating to a national idea; until domestic reality met them in the shape of uncles, and turned them back from their great resolve.
    Prelude (21% in)
  • There was another attraction in his profession: it wanted reform, and gave a man an opportunity for some indignant resolve to reject its venal decorations and other humbug, and to be the possessor of genuine though undemanded qualifications.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (22% in)

There are no more uses of "resolve" flagged with this meaning in Middlemarch.

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  • But there were various subjects that Dorothea was trying to get clear upon, and she resolved to throw herself energetically into the gravest of all.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (75% in)
  • A certain change in Mary's face was chiefly determined by the resolve not to show any change.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (94% in)
  • Vincy was resolved to be good-humored.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (5% in)
  • It was the one thing which he was resolved to do.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (30% in)
  • I think he trusted a little also to the energy which is begotten by circumstances—some feeling rushing warmly and making resolve easy, while debate in cool blood had only made it more difficult.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (56% in)
  • The choice of Hercules is a pretty fable; but Prodicus makes it easy work for the hero, as if the first resolves were enough.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (63% in)
  • And by a sad contradiction Dorothea's ideas and resolves seemed like melting ice floating and lost in the warm flood of which they had been but another form.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (74% in)
  • For an instant he felt that the struggle, was causing a queer contortion of his mobile features, but with a good effort he resolved it into nothing more offensive than a merry smile.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (81% in)
  • Do you not think better of him for his resolve?
    Book 2 — Old and Young (**% in)
  • It is true, Lydgate had the counter-idea of remaining unengaged; but this was a mere negative, a shadow east by other resolves which themselves were capable of shrinking.
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (48% in)
  • He resolved—and kept his resolution—that he would not go to Mr. Vincy's except on business.
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (78% in)
  • It would be a graceful, easy way of piecing on the new habits to the old, to have a few playful words with Rosamond about his resistance to dissipation, and his firm resolve to take long fasts even from sweet sounds.
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (79% in)
  • Having a contempt for curates, whom he always called understrappers, he was resolved to be buried by a beneficed clergyman.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (2% in)
  • That seems very simple and easy in the statement; but a disagreeable resolve formed in the chill hours of the morning had as many conditions against it as the early frost, and rarely persisted under the warming influences of the day.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (22% in)
  • In the earlier half of the day there was business to hinder any formal communication of an adverse resolve; in the later there was dinner, wine, whist, and general satisfaction.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (22% in)
  • She had been so used to struggle for and to find resolve in looking along the avenue towards the arch of western light that the vision itself had gained a communicating power.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (47% in)
  • And this night she was from the beginning sleepless, excited by resolves.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (49% in)
  • The energy that would animate a crime is not more than is wanted to inspire a resolved submission, when the noble habit of the soul reasserts itself.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (99% in)
  • It cost her a litany of pictured sorrows and of silent cries that she might be the mercy for those sorrows—but the resolved submission did come; and when the house was still, and she knew that it was near the time when Mr. Casaubon habitually went to rest, she opened her door gently and stood outside in the darkness waiting for his coming up-stairs with a light in his hand.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (99% in)
  • But he was not without contradictoriness and rebellion even towards his own resolve.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (39% in)
  • For four hours Dorothea lay in this conflict, till she felt ill and bewildered, unable to resolve, praying mutely.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (49% in)
  • But he had come at last to create a trust for himself out of Dorothea's nature: she could do what she resolved to do: and he willingly imagined her toiling under the fetters of a promise to erect a tomb with his name upon it.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (62% in)
  • But it was not resolved unanimously that things would come right; on the contrary, the committee looked rather grim, and the political personage from Brassing was writing busily, as if he were brewing new devices.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (76% in)
  • Will was thoroughly out of temper with himself as well as with his "principal," and he went to shut himself in his rooms with a half-formed resolve to throw up the "Pioneer" and Mr. Brooke together.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (76% in)
  • He was standing two yards from her with his mind full of contradictory desires and resolves—desiring some unmistakable proof that she loved him, and yet dreading the position into which such a proof might bring him.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (10% in)
  • If youth is the season of hope, it is often so only in the sense that our elders are hopeful about us; for no age is so apt as youth to think its emotions, partings, and resolves are the last of their kind.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (11% in)
  • The actual state of his mind—his proud resolve to give the lie beforehand to any suspicion that he would play the needy adventurer seeking a rich woman—lay quite out of her imagination, and she had interpreted all his behavior easily enough by her supposition that Mr. Casaubon's codicil seemed to him, as it did to her, a gross and cruel interdict on any active friendship between them.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (12% in)
  • She only felt that there was something irrevocably amiss and lost in her lot, and her thoughts about the future were the more readily shapen into resolve.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (12% in)
  • Fred entered on the subject directly, and declared briefly what he had done and was resolved to do, expressing at the end his regret that he should be the cause of disappointment to his father, and taking the blame on his own deficiencies.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (32% in)
  • But indefinite visions of ambition are weak against the ease of doing what is habitual or beguilingly agreeable; and we all know the difficulty of carrying out a resolve when we secretly long that it may turn out to be unnecessary.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (67% in)
  • At the present moment, however, when Mr. Bulstrode was speaking to him, he had both a strengthened resolve to go and an equally strong resolve not to go till he had once more seen Dorothea.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (67% in)
  • At the present moment, however, when Mr. Bulstrode was speaking to him, he had both a strengthened resolve to go and an equally strong resolve not to go till he had once more seen Dorothea.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (67% in)
  • "I'll bid a pound!" said Mr. Powderell, in a tone of resolved emotion, as of a man ready to put himself in the breach.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (71% in)
  • At last he came to a difficult resolve, and wrote a letter to Will Ladislaw, begging him to be at the Shrubs that evening for a private interview at nine o'clock.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (85% in)
  • Very slight matters were enough to gall him in his sensitive mood, and the sight of Dorothea driving past him while he felt himself plodding along as a poor devil seeking a position in a world which in his present temper offered him little that he coveted, made his conduct seem a mere matter of necessity, and took away the sustainment of resolve.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (**% in)
  • Lydgate would not have chosen soon to recur to the plan of parting with the house; he was resolved to carry it out, and say as little more about it as possible.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (15% in)
  • There was a conflux of emotions and thoughts in him that would not let him either give thorough way to his anger or persevere with simple rigidity of resolve.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (23% in)
  • His flushed effort while talking to Mr. Farebrother—his effort after the cynical pretence that all ways of getting money are essentially the same, and that chance has an empire which reduces choice to a fool's illusion—was but the symptom of a wavering resolve, a benumbed response to the old stimuli of enthusiasm.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (25% in)
  • But even if his resolves had forced the two images into combination, the useful preliminaries to that hard change were not visibly within reach.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (25% in)
  • I had nearly resolved on going to Quallingham.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (28% in)
  • If he were not only to sink from his highest resolve, but to sink into the hideous fettering of domestic hate?
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (31% in)
  • Now is there civil war within the soul: Resolve is thrust from off the sacred throne By clamorous Needs, and Pride the grand-vizier Makes humble compact, plays the supple part Of envoy and deft-tongued apologist For hungry rebels.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (42% in)
  • There was a cunning calculation under this noisy joking—a cool resolve to extract something the handsomer from Bulstrode as payment for release from this new application of torture.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (51% in)
  • He had taken care to repeat the incisive statement of his resolve not to be played on any more; and had tried to penetrate Raffles with the fact that he had shown the risks of bribing him to be quite equal to the risks of defying him.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (54% in)
  • Caleb felt a deep pity for him, but he could have used no pretexts to account for his resolve, even if they would have been of any use.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (61% in)
  • It was Lydgate's misfortune and Rosamond's too, that his tenderness towards her, which was both an emotional prompting and a well-considered resolve, was inevitably interrupted by these outbursts of indignation either ironical or remonstrant.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (68% in)
  • He and Bulstrode rode back to Middlemarch together, talking of many things—chiefly cholera and the chances of the Reform Bill in the House of Lords, and the firm resolve of the political Unions.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (79% in)
  • He could not tell the history of the loan, but it was more vividly present with him than ever, as well as the fact which the Vicar delicately ignored—that this relation of personal indebtedness to Bulstrode was what he had once been most resolved to avoid.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (82% in)
  • He smiled much less; when he said "Exactly" it was more often an introduction to a dissentient opinion than in those submissive bachelor days; and Dorothea found to her surprise that she had to resolve not to be afraid of him—all the more because he was really her best friend.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (1% in)
  • It belonged to the generosity as well as defiant force of his nature that he resolved not to shrink from showing to the full his sense of obligation to Bulstrode.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (8% in)
  • They will try to starve me out, but—" he was going on with an obstinate resolve, but he was getting near home, and the thought of Rosamond urged itself again into that chief place from which it had been thrust by the agonized struggles of wounded honor and pride.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (8% in)
  • She was resolved not to ask how Mr. Bulstrode was.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (15% in)
  • When she had resolved to go down, she prepared herself by some little acts which might seem mere folly to a hard onlooker; they were her way of expressing to all spectators visible or invisible that she had begun a new life in which she embraced humiliation.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (19% in)
  • If he could bring her to feel with some solemnity that here was a slander which must be met and not run away from, and that the whole trouble had come out of his desperate want of money, it would be a moment for urging powerfully on her that they should be one in the resolve to do with as little money as possible, so that they might weather the bad time and keep themselves independent.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (27% in)
  • The beginning of mutual understanding and resolve seemed as far off as ever; nay, it seemed blocked out by the sense of unsuccessful effort.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (28% in)
  • But there had followed his parting words—the few passionate words in which he had implied that she herself was the object of whom his love held him in dread, that it was his love for her only which he was resolved not to declare but to carry away into banishment.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (40% in)
  • What she would resolve to do that day did not yet seem quite clear, but something that she could achieve stirred her as with an approaching murmur which would soon gather distinctness.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (58% in)
  • Dorothea wished to acknowledge that she had not the less an active life before her because she had buried a private joy; and the tradition that fresh garments belonged to all initiation, haunting her mind, made her grasp after even that slight outward help towards calm resolve.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (59% in)
  • For the resolve was not easy.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (60% in)
  • When Will Ladislaw exiled himself from Middlemarch he had placed no stronger obstacle to his return than his own resolve, which was by no means an iron barrier, but simply a state of mind liable to melt into a minuet with other states of mind, and to find itself bowing, smiling, and giving place with polite facility.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (70% in)

There are no more uses of "resolve" in Middlemarch.

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