Definition of Resolve

1. Noun. The trait of being resolute. "It was his unshakeable resolution to finish the work"

2. Verb. Bring to an end; settle conclusively. "The father adjudicated when the sons were quarreling over their inheritance"
Exact synonyms: Adjudicate, Decide, Settle
Generic synonyms: End, Terminate
Specialized synonyms: Judge, Adjust
Derivative terms: Adjudicative, Adjudicatory, Judge, Deciding, Decisive, Settlement, Settler

3. Noun. A formal expression by a meeting; agreed to by a vote.
Exact synonyms: Declaration, Resolution
Generic synonyms: Document, Papers, Written Document
Specialized synonyms: Declaration Of Independence
Specialized synonyms: Joint Resolution

4. Verb. Reach a conclusion after a discussion or deliberation.
Exact synonyms: Conclude
Specialized synonyms: Determine, Settle, Square Off, Square Up
Generic synonyms: Agree, Concord, Concur, Hold
Derivative terms: Conclusion, Conclusive

5. Verb. Reach a decision. "They resolve to move "; "He resolved never to drink again"
Exact synonyms: Purpose
Generic synonyms: Decide, Determine, Make Up One's Mind
Derivative terms: Purpose, Resolution

6. Verb. Understand the meaning of. "The question concerning the meaning of life cannot be answered"
Exact synonyms: Answer
Generic synonyms: Figure Out, Lick, Puzzle Out, Solve, Work, Work Out
Derivative terms: Answerable

7. Verb. Make clearly visible. "Can this image be resolved?"
Category relationships: Optics
Generic synonyms: Discern, Distinguish, Make Out, Pick Out, Recognise, Recognize, Spot, Tell Apart
Derivative terms: Resolving

8. Verb. Find the solution. "Solve for x"
Exact synonyms: Solve
Generic synonyms: Calculate, Cipher, Compute, Cypher, Figure, Reckon, Work Out
Specialized synonyms: Factorise, Factorize
Derivative terms: Resolution, Solver, Solving

9. Verb. Cause to go into a solution. "The recipe says that we should dissolve a cup of sugar in two cups of water"
Exact synonyms: Break Up, Dissolve
Generic synonyms: Change Integrity
Specialized synonyms: Melt, Melt Down, Run, Cut
Causes: Dissolve
Derivative terms: Dissolution, Dissolvent, Dissolver, Dissolving, Resolvent

Definition of Resolve

1. v. t. To separate the component parts of; to reduce to the constituent elements; -- said of compound substances; hence, sometimes, to melt, or dissolve.

2. v. i. To be separated into its component parts or distinct principles; to undergo resolution.

3. n. The act of resolving or making clear; resolution; solution.

Definition of Resolve

1. Verb. (transitive) To find a solution to (a problem). ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To solve again. ¹

3. Verb. (intransitive) To make a firm decision to do something. ¹

4. Verb. To come to an agreement or make peace; patch up relationship, settle differences, bury the hatchet. ¹

5. Verb. (transitive intransitive reflexive) To break down into constituent parts; to decompose; to disintegrate; to return to a simpler constitution or a primeval state. ¹

6. Verb. (music) to cause a chord to go from dissonance to consonance ¹

7. Verb. (computing) to find the IP address of a hostname by using utilities such as a ping ¹

8. Verb. (rare transitive) To melt; to dissolve; to liquefy or soften (a solid). ¹

9. Verb. (rare intransitive reflexive) To melt; to dissolve; to become liquid. ¹

10. Verb. (obsolete transitive) To liquefy (a gas or vapour). ¹

11. Noun. Determination, will power. ¹

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Definition of Resolve

1. to make a firm decision about [v -SOLVED, -SOLVING, -SOLVES]

Medical Definition of Resolve

1. 1. To be separated into its component parts or distinct principles; to undergo resolution. 2. To melt; to dissolve; to become fluid. "When the blood stagnates in any part, it first coagulates, then resolves, and turns alkaline." (Arbuthhnot) 3. To be settled in opinion; to be convinced. "Let men resolve of that as they plaease." (Locke) 4. To form a purpose; to make a decision; especially, to determine after reflection; as, to resolve on a better course of life. Synonym: To determine, decide, conclude, purpose. Origin: The sense "to be convinced, to determine" comes from the idea of loosening, breaking up into parts, analyzing, hence, determining. 1. To separate the component parts of; to reduce to the constituent elements; said of compound substances; hence, sometimes, to melt, or dissolve. "O, that this too too solid flesh would melt, Thaw, and resolve itself into a dew!" (Shak) "Ye immortal souls, who once were men, And now resolved to elements again." (Dryden) 2. To reduce to simple or intelligible notions; said of complex ideas or obscure questions; to make clear or certain; to free from doubt; to disentangle; to unravel; to explain; hence, to clear up, or dispel, as doubt; as, to resolve a riddle. "Resolve my doubt." "To the resolving whereof we must first know that the Jews were commanded to divorce an unbelieving Gentile." (Milton) 3. To cause to perceive or understand; to acquaint; to inform; to convince; to assure; to make certain. "Sir, be resolved. I must and will come." (Beau & Fl) "Resolve me, Reason, which of these is worse, Want with a full, or with an empty purse?" (Pope) "In health, good air, pleasure, riches, I am resolved it can not be equaled by any region." (Sir W. Raleigh) "We must be resolved how the law can be pure and perspicuous, and yet throw a polluted skirt over these Eleusinian mysteries." (Milton) 4. To determine or decide in purpose; to make ready in mind; to fix; to settle; as, he was resolved by an unexpected event. 5. To express, as an opinion or determination, by resolution and vote; to declare or decide by a formal vote; followed by a clause; as, the house resolved (or, it was resolved by the house) that no money should be apropriated (or, to appropriate no money). 6. To change or convert by resolution or formal vote; used only reflexively; as, the house resolved itself into a committee of the whole. 7. To solve, as a problem, by enumerating the several things to be done, in order to obtain what is required; to find the answer to, or the result of. 8. To dispere or scatter; to discuss, as an inflammation or a tumour. 9. To let the tones (as of a discord) follow their several tendencies, resulting in a concord. 10. To relax; to lay at ease. To resolve a nebula. See Resolution of a nebula, under Resolution. Synonym: To solve, analyze, unravel, disentangle. Origin: L. Resolvere, resolutum, to untie, loosen, relax, enfeeble; pref. Re- re- + solvere to loosen, dissolve: cf. F. Resoudare to resolve. See Solve, and cf. Resolve, Resolute, Resolution. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Resolve

resolution acuity
resolve (current term)
resolving power
resolving powers

Literary usage of Resolve

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Massachusetts Register and United States Calendar for the Year of Our (1852)
"resolve in favor of the town of Newbury port. —[May 15. ... resolve on the petition of Eliakim Buckman and others.—[April 30. ..."

2. Thirty Years' View: Or, A History of the Working of the American Government by Thomas Hart Benton (1858)
""Which proposed resolve was altered and changed by the mover thereof, on the 28th day of ... Which resolve, so changed and modified by the mover thereof, ..."

3. Index of Economic Material in Documents of the States of the United States by Adelaide Rosalia Hasse (1908)
"ZOOLOGICAL AND BOTANICAL SURVEY Under resolve of April 12, 1887. serial Preliminary Reports Rept. on fishes, reptiles, and birds of Mass. ..."

4. The Life of Charles Dickens by John Forster (1874)
"Greetings from America—Reply to Washington Irving — Difficulties in the Way—resolve to go—Wish to revisit Scenes of Boyhood— Proposed Book of ..."

5. United States Statutes at Large: Containing the Laws and Concurrent by United States (1850)
"... directing a copy of the documents printed by a resolve of Congre», ... by a resolve of the Senate and House of Representatives of the twenty-seventh of ..."

6. The Works of George Meredith by George Meredith (1894)
"PREPARATIONS FOR A resolve CHAPTER XXV PREPARATIONS FOR A resolve THAT day receded like a spent billow, and lapsed among the others advancing, ..."

7. The Writings of George Washington by George Washington (1890)
"As the publication of their resolve, in my opinion, will not lead to any good end, but, on the contrary, may be attended with some bad consequences, ..."

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