Resolve meaning

rĭ-zŏlv
The definition of resolve is to solve, or settle something, or to make a commitment to do something.

When you have a problem involving a leaky faucet and you fix the faucet, this is an example of when you resolve your problem.

When you settle an old argument you have been having, this is an example of when you resolve the argument.

When you vow to exercise more, this is an example of when you resolve to exercise more.

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(medicine) To cause reduction of (an inflammation, for example).
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To remove or dispel (doubts).
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To find a solution to; solve.

Resolved the problem.

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To bring to a usually successful conclusion.

Resolve a conflict.

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Firmness of purpose; resolution.
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A determination or decision; a fixed purpose.
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To cause to perceive or understand; to acquaint; to inform; to convince; to assure; to make certain.
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To change or convert.

My resentment resolved itself into resignation.

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(music) To cause (a tone or chord) to progress from dissonance to consonance.
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(chemistry) To separate (an optically inactive compound or mixture) into its optically active constituents.
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To render parts of (an image) visible and distinct.
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(mathematics) To separate (a vector, for example) into coordinate components.
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(archaic) To separate (something) into constituent parts.
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(obsolete) To cause (something) to melt or dissolve.
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To reach a decision or make a determination.

Resolve on a course of action.

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To become separated or reduced to constituents.
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(music) To undergo resolution.
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A formal resolution made by a deliberative body.
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To break up into separate, constituent elements or parts; analyze.
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To change or transform.

A discussion that resolved itself into an argument.

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To cause (a person) to decide.

The flood that resolved him to sell.

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To reach as a decision or intention; determine.

To resolve to go.

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To decide by vote; make a formal decision about; express by resolution, as an assembly does.
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(obs.) To cause to dissolve or melt.
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(chem.) To separate (an optically inactive compound or mixture) into its optically active components.
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(med.) To cause (a swelling, fever, etc.) to subside or disappear.
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(music) To cause (a chord or tone) to undergo resolution.
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(physics) To make distinguishable the individual parts of (an image, radar echo, etc.)
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To be resolved, as by analysis.
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To come to a decision; make a resolution; determine.
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(music) To undergo resolution.
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Fixed purpose or intention; firm determination.
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A formal resolution, as of an assembly.
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(chemistry) To separate an optically inactive compound or mixture into its optically active constituents.
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To look up an address. For example, "to resolve a name" means to look up the corresponding address for that name. The phrase "external references in the program were resolved" means that tables were searched, and all references to routines outside of the program were given valid addresses. See address resolution and name resolution.
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To find a solution to (a problem).
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To reduce to simple or intelligible notions; to make clear or certain; to unravel; to explain.

To resolve a riddle.

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To solve again.

I'll have to resolve the equation with the new values.

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

I resolve to finish this work before I go home.

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To determine or decide in purpose; to make ready in mind; to fix; to settle.

He was resolved by an unexpected event.

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

After two weeks of bickering, they finally resolved their differences.

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(intransitive, reflexive) To break down into constituent parts; to decompose; to disintegrate; to return to a simpler constitution or a primeval state.
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(music) To cause a chord to go from dissonance to consonance.
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(computing) To find the IP address of a hostname, or the entity referred to by a symbol in source code; to look up.
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(rare) To melt; to dissolve; to liquefy or soften (a solid).
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(rare, intransitive, reflexive) To melt; to dissolve; to become liquid.
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(medicine, dated) To disperse or scatter; to discuss, as an inflammation or a tumour.
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Determination, will power.

It took all my resolve to go through with it.

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(medicine) To cause reduction of something such as an inflammation.
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Origin of resolve

  • Middle English resolven to dissolve from Old French resolver from Latin resolvere to untie re- re- solvere to untie leu- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English, from Latin resolvō.

    From Wiktionary