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as in: a New Year's resolution Define
a firm decision to do something
  • Her New Year’s resolution is to read deeply at least one hour a day.
  • Are you making any New Year’s resolutions this year?

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  • When I lie down and close my eyes, I make a resolution.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Slammed
  • And he wept and implored me to change my resolution but in the end he said, ’To hear is to obey,’ and did all my will.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Horse and His Boy
  • 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
  • —Glad I made the resolution, gladder that I kept to it.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • It was the Europe where Indar, after his time at the famous university, had suffered and tried to come to some resolution about his place in the world; where Nazruddin and his family had taken refuge; where hundreds of thousands of people like myself, from parts of the world like mine, had forced themselves in, to work and live.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • ’I — I don’t know,’ said Bobbie, angry with herself, but still clinging to that resolution of hers, not to see anything that Mother didn’t mean her to see.
    Edith Nesbit  --  The Railway Children
  • But the resolution was made only to be broken.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • We have failed to keep our resolutions;
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss

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  • It took all my courage to hold to the wise resolution of keeping her out of our grim task.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • I am glad we made our resolution in time, as with such a feeling as this, our growing knowledge would be torture to her.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • I had to give in, for Mina’s resolution was fixed.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
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as in: a United Nations resolution Define
a formal expression of opinion arrived at by a group vote
  • The United Nations passed a resolution condemning the country’s use of chemical weapons.
  • Congress passed a resolution supporting the country’s right to defend itself.

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  • A unanimous resolution was passed on the spot that the farmhouse should be preserved as a museum.
    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
  • It was always the pigs who put forward the resolutions.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • The other animals understood how to vote, but could never think of any resolutions of their own.
    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
  • Have you any record of such a resolution?
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • All the animals remembered passing such resolutions: or at least they thought that they remembered it.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • Again the animals seemed to remember that a resolution against this had been passed in the early days, and again Squealer was able to convince them that this was not the case.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm

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  • Never to have any dealings with human beings, never to engage in trade, never to make use of money — had not these been among the earliest resolutions passed at that first triumphant Meeting after Jones was expelled?
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
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as in: Her resolution weakened. Define
  • She ran each mile of the marathon with increasing resolution.
  • Through many years and hardships, her resolution to serve the poor never wavered.

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  • —Only resolution and habit can let me make an entry tonight.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • I should hang ten thousand that dared to rise against the law, and an ocean of salt tears could not melt the resolution of the statutes.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • I don’t know where I even got this rush of resolution.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • And remember, comrades, your resolution must never falter. No argument must lead you astray.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • But I know many tricks and I have resolution.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  The Old Man and the Sea
  • act with resolution,
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • At one time you take pleasure in a sort of perverse self-denial, and at another you have not resolution to resist a thing that you know to be wrong.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • All the resolution has gone out of his dear eyes, and that quiet dignity which I told you was in his face has vanished.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula

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  • PARRIS, with resolution now: Betty!
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • [Van Helsing] is a philosopher and a metaphysician, and one of the most advanced scientists of his day, and he has, I believe, an absolutely open mind. This, with an iron nerve, a temper of the ice-brook, and indomitable resolution, self-command, and...
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • 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
  • That mighty brain and that iron resolution went with him to his grave, and are even now arrayed against us.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • ...the shadow of dread seemed to slip from us like a robe, and the occasion of our coming lost something of its grim significance, though we did not slacken a whit in our resolution.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • Even in his sleep he is intense with resolution.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
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as in: a dispute resolution fund Define
a solution or outcome
  • We anticipate a peaceful resolution to the dispute.
  • We continue to work together, but there is still no resolution to our disagreement.

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  • 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
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  • I made it my life’s resolution to refuse any invitation that excluded Sarah Byrnes.
    Chris Crutcher  --  Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes
  • Grasping at an addled resolution, he began to stir.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken

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  • "You can’t lock me up like you did Max," Clary added, seeing Alec’s weakening resolution.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • LATER, SHE MADE A RESOLUTION: Never EVER sleep in Tartarus.
    Rick Riordan  --  The House of Hades
  • The King was praised for his resolution to uphold the interests and honor of the kingdom, praised for his decisiveness.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • The rulers of the member states, whether they have a constitutional right to do it or not, will try to judge each resolution.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • The nurse was right: the resolution was far superior to that of the other sonogram.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • At the same time, she was making a secret resolution not to be quite so pernickety with the next servant she found.
    Doris Lessing  --  The Grass is Singing
  • Keep up your good resolutions.
    Eugene Ionesco  --  Rhinoceros
  • Which was where all the really serious binding resolutions were always hammered out.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die

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  • I think anybody who should see the destruction they have caused in this country would applaud the resolution.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • Now the page was refreshed, and the coastline was full-screen, and the resolution was perfect.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • She wondered if Molly needed extra vitamins, which reminded her again that she was falling behind in her own resolution to lead a healthier life.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • My courage and my resolution is firm; but my hopes fluctuate, and my spirits are often depressed.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • The effort of resolution necessary to the achievement of this purpose I found to be quite awful.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • She declared her resolution.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • At Lowood, indeed, I took that resolution, kept it, and succeeded in pleasing; but with Mrs. Reed, I remember my best was always spurned with scorn.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • And let us swear our resolution.
    William Shakespeare  --  Julius Caesar
  • I would unstate myself to be in a due resolution.
    William Shakespeare  --  King Lear
  • Nothing will move Totski from his resolution, so I run no risk.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • Her face suddenly flushed with reckless and joyous resolution.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • The carrier, seeing me in this resolution, proposed that my pockethandkerchief should be spread upon the horse’s back to dry.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • ’I am not such a fool as I look, quoth Plato to his disciples,’ he said sententiously, emptied his glass with great resolution, and we rose.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • Good resolutions seldom fail of producing some good effect in the mind from which they spring.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • His present pose is that of wounded honor and stern resolution.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • The resolution made him feel exemplary.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • She reverted to her resolution to change the town—awaken it, prod it, "reform" it.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • She was in a very paroxysm of self-castigation, and, concluding, she looked with defiant resolution at the elder.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • Indeed, he was somewhat confused by his partial success, and for a moment his resolution faltered.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • I confess a sadness to you, but do not think I lack resolution.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • The letter that she wrote Mrs. Wilcox glowed with the native hue of resolution.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • Then a desperate resolution occurred to him.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • JIMMY—(who has been dreaming, a look of prim resolution on his face, speaks aloud to himself) No more of this sitting around and loafing.
    Eugene O’Neill  --  The Iceman Cometh
  • This time the resolution was perfect, and Alan Grant had a glimpse of the skeleton, beautifully defined, the long neck arched back.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • He came to the final resolution, as he made himself ready for dinner, that he would not allow himself to fall in love with Pet.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • We were alone; he glared at me with an air of stubborn resolution.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • Naturally, through indifference, he abandoned all the resolutions he had made.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • "Sir" answered I, "will you take the same resolution?"
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • I took my resolution to bed with me.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • The kindling touch of that farewell warmed her resolution yet.
    Grace MacGowan Cooke  --  The Power and the Glory
  • Her heart contracted, but she took her resolution.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • A resolution which had surprised herself had brought her into the fields this week for the first time during many months.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • "Resolution," Brian said.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • Had Rebecca’s resolutions been entirely different, he would have followed them as implicitly.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • Her face was a mixture of fury and resolution.
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • Despite her resolution, she had to admit that the whole thing left her feeling a little off-balance.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  True Believer
  • If a case had been solved he had written the date of its resolution on the back of the photo.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • Anyway, he rationalized such a conversation would only bring more pain with no resolution.
    William P. Young  --  The Shack
  • A crisis is at hand—and the resolution will have repercussions both in this world and in your own.
    James A. Owen  --  Here, There be Dragons
  • This is the ultimate fact which we so quickly reach on this, as on every topic, the resolution of all into the ever-blessed ONE.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
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