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1 the trait of being resolute; firmness of purpose; "his resoluteness carried him through the battle"; "it was his unshakeable resolution to finish the work" [syn: resoluteness, firmness, resolution] [ant: irresoluteness]
2 a formal expression by a meeting; agreed to by a vote [syn: resolution, declaration]


1 bring to an end; settle conclusively; "The case was decided"; "The judge decided the case in favor of the plaintiff"; "The father adjudicated when the sons were quarreling over their inheritance" [syn: decide, settle, adjudicate]
2 reach a conclusion after a discussion or deliberation [syn: conclude]
3 reach a decision; "he resolved never to drink again" [syn: purpose]
4 understand the meaning of; "The question concerning the meaning of life cannot be answered" [syn: answer]
5 make clearly visible; "can this image be resolved?"
6 find the solution; "solve an equation"; "solve for x" [syn: solve]
7 cause to go into a solution; "The recipe says that we should dissolve a cup of sugar in two cups of water" [syn: dissolve, break up]

User Contributed Dictionary



From , from resolvo.


  • /ɹiːzɒlv/


  1. To find a solution to (a problem).
  2. To solve again.
    I'll have to resolve the equation with the new values.
  3. To make a firm decision to do something.
    I resolve to finish this work before I go home.


find a solution to
make a firm decision
  • Chinese: 决定 (jueding), 决心 (juexin)
  • Dutch: besluiten, beslissen, zich voornemen
  • Finnish: päättää
  • French: se résoudre
  • Hungarian: elhatároz
  • Japanese: 決定する (けっていする, kettei-suru), 決心する (けっしんする, kessin-suru)


  1. Determination, will power.
    ''It took all my resolve to go through with it




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