What does resolve mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. resoluteness, firmness, firmness of purpose, resolve, resolutionnoun

    the trait of being resolute

    "his resoluteness carried him through the battle"; "it was his unshakeable resolution to finish the work"

  2. resolution, declaration, resolveverb

    a formal expression by a meeting; agreed to by a vote

  3. decide, settle, resolve, adjudicateverb

    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"

  4. conclude, resolveverb

    reach a conclusion after a discussion or deliberation

  5. purpose, resolveverb

    reach a decision

    "he resolved never to drink again"

  6. answer, resolveverb

    understand the meaning of

    "The question concerning the meaning of life cannot be answered"

  7. resolveverb

    make clearly visible

    "can this image be resolved?"

  8. resolve, solveverb

    find the solution

    "solve an equation"; "solve for x"

  9. dissolve, resolve, break upverb

    cause to go into a solution

    "The recipe says that we should dissolve a cup of sugar in two cups of water"


  1. resolvenoun

    Determination, will power.

    It took all my resolve to go through with it.

  2. resolveverb

    To find a solution to (a problem).

  3. resolveverb

    To solve again.

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

  4. resolveverb

    To make a firm decision to do something.

    I resolve to finish this work before I go home.

  5. resolveverb

    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.

  6. resolveverb

    To break down into constituent parts; to decompose; to disintegrate; to return to a simpler constitution or a primeval state.

  7. resolveverb

    to cause a chord to go from dissonance to consonance

  8. resolveverb

    to find the IP address of a hostname by using utilities such as a ping

  9. resolveverb

    To melt; to dissolve; to liquefy or soften (a solid).

  10. resolveverb

    To melt; to dissolve; to become liquid.

  11. resolveverb

    To liquefy (a gas or vapour).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Resolveverb

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

  2. Resolveverb

    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

  3. Resolveverb

    to cause to perceive or understand; to acquaint; to inform; to convince; to assure; to make certain

  4. Resolveverb

    to determine or decide in purpose; to make ready in mind; to fix; to settle; as, he was resolved by an unexpected event

  5. Resolveverb

    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. Resolveverb

    to change or convert by resolution or formal vote; -- used only reflexively; as, the house resolved itself into a committee of the whole

  7. Resolveverb

    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. Resolveverb

    to dispere or scatter; to discuss, as an inflammation or a tumor

  9. Resolveverb

    to let the tones (as of a discord) follow their several tendencies, resulting in a concord

  10. Resolveverb

    to relax; to lay at ease

  11. Resolveverb

    to be separated into its component parts or distinct principles; to undergo resolution

  12. Resolveverb

    to melt; to dissolve; to become fluid

  13. Resolveverb

    to be settled in opinion; to be convinced

  14. Resolveverb

    to form a purpose; to make a decision; especially, to determine after reflection; as, to resolve on a better course of life

  15. Resolvenoun

    the act of resolving or making clear; resolution; solution

  16. Resolvenoun

    that which has been resolved on or determined; decisive conclusion; fixed purpose; determination; also, legal or official determination; a legislative declaration; a resolution



    RESOLVE is a Washington, D.C. based non-profit group dedicated to collaborative approaches to environmental and public health issues. They help to develop consensus in results-oriented processes. The organization's mission statement states "RESOLVE builds strong, enduring solutions to environmental, social, and health challenges. We help community, business, government, and NGO leaders get results and create lasting relationships through collaboration". The organization has satellite offices in Utah, Washington, Michigan, and affiliates in many other locales. History RESOLVE was founded in 1977 to promote the effective use of collaboration and consensus building in public decisions and to help people with diverse interests engage in dialogue to achieve beneficial environmental and public health outcomes. The organization institutionalized the use of dispute resolution techniques in the policymaking process, particularly in the U.S., and it helped create a new field by applying conflict resolution to natural resource, environmental, and public health issues. Program areas and services Currently RESOLVE focuses on the following services: Strategic Analysis & Planning, Research, Partnership Building, Conflict Resolution, and Training & Capacity Building. The organization has particular expertise in the application of mediation and other consensus building processes to complex public policy issues in the areas of drinking water, energy, environmental quality, health and biotechnology, land-use and transportation, natural resources, and rivers and watersheds.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Resolve

    rē-zolv′, v.t. to separate into parts: to analyse: to free from doubt or difficulty: to explain: to decide: to fix by resolution or formal declaration: (math.) to solve: (med.) to disperse, as a tumour: (mus.) to carry a discord into a concord.—v.i. to determine.—n. anything resolved or determined: resolution: fixed purpose.—n. Resolvabil′ity.—adj. Rosol′vable, that may be resolved or reduced to its elements.—n. Resol′vableness.—adv. Resol′vably.—adj. Resolved′, fixed in purpose.—adv. Resol′vedly, firmly: clearly.—n. Resol′vedness.—adj. Resol′vent, having power to resolve.—n. that which causes solution: (med.) a substance which resolves tumours: (math.) an equation upon whose solution the solution of a given problem depends.—n. Resol′ver. [Fr.,—L. resolvĕre, resolutumre-, inten., solvĕre, to loose.]

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  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'resolve' in Verbs Frequency: #469

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of resolve in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of resolve in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of resolve in a Sentence

  1. Martin Dempsey:

    The U.N. requires commitments from member nations to provide rapid response forces for emerging crises, the rapid deployment of units within 30, 60, or 90 days – for a finite period – can help resolve developing crises, prevent expanded conflict, and in the process save more innocent lives.

  2. Sports Gordon Oluoch:

    We want to discuss the issues raised by the athletes to see if we can resolve the matter, we believe in the rule of the law. So even if the athletes have genuine cases, they must operate within the confines of the law, not through the law of the jungle.

  3. Former President Trump:

    On this Memorial Day, we remember the fallen heroes who took their last breaths in defense of our Nation, our families, our citizens, and our sacred freedoms, the depth of their devotion, the steel of their resolve, and the purity of their patriotism has no equal in human history.


    Do make up your mind that you are going to be strong and never weak come what may in your lifetime, resolve now that you will always motivate or inspire everyone you meet rather than discouraging them, decide to look at the positive side of everyone and everything in order to make your optimism come true, resolve to think only the best, to work only for the best and to expect only the best, decide to be just as happy about the success of others as you are about your own, dare to forgive your own self and others, as well forget the mistakes of your past and then press on towards the great future ahead of you. Because, the future ahead of you is far more promising than your past. Just endeavour to do all of the above. For, you will eventually be glad that you did all that, believe you me. ~Emeasoba George.

  5. State John Kerry:

    I don't have specific expectations except to try to move things forward, that will depend on the conversations themselves as to what it is that we're able to define in the context of steps that might be taken so people understand that in fact leaders are leading and making a serious effort to try and resolve the current ... conflict.

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  • حلArabic
  • resolució, resoldre, solucionarCatalan, Valencian
  • vyřešitCzech
  • auflösen, lösenGerman
  • resolución, resolver, disolverSpanish
  • ratkaista, selvittää, päättääFinnish
  • résoudreFrench
  • scaoilIrish
  • megold, megfejt, elhatározHungarian
  • menyelesaikanIndonesian
  • risolvereItalian
  • 解く, 決定する, 分解, 決心するJapanese
  • 해결하다Korean
  • proponoLatin
  • wilskracht, voornemen, besluiten, vastbeslotenheid, zich, oplossen, opnieuw, beslissenDutch
  • postanawiać, postanowić, rozwiązywać, rozwiązaćPolish
  • resolverPortuguese
  • hotărî, rezolva, conchideRomanian
  • смелость, решать, решить, решаться, решимость, решиться, решительностьRussian
  • besluta, lösa om, resolvera, lösa, beslutsamhetSwedish
  • పరిష్కరించు, పరిష్కరించడానికిTelugu
  • вирішитиUkrainian

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    causing disapproval or protest
    • A. whirring
    • B. obnoxious
    • C. frantic
    • D. opaque

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