What does resolve mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. resoluteness, firmness, firmness of purpose, resolve, resolution(noun)

    the trait of being resolute

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

  2. resolution, declaration, resolve(verb)

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

  3. decide, settle, resolve, adjudicate(verb)

    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, resolve(verb)

    reach a conclusion after a discussion or deliberation

  5. purpose, resolve(verb)

    reach a decision

    "he resolved never to drink again"

  6. answer, resolve(verb)

    understand the meaning of

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

  7. resolve(verb)

    make clearly visible

    "can this image be resolved?"

  8. resolve, solve(verb)

    find the solution

    "solve an equation"; "solve for x"

  9. dissolve, resolve, break up(verb)

    cause to go into a solution

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


  1. resolve(Noun)

    Determination, will power.

    It took all my resolve to go through with it.

  2. resolve(Verb)

    To find a solution to (a problem).

  3. resolve(Verb)

    To solve again.

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

  4. resolve(Verb)

    To make a firm decision to do something.

    I resolve to finish this work before I go home.

  5. resolve(Verb)

    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. resolve(Verb)

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

  7. resolve(Verb)

    to cause a chord to go from dissonance to consonance

  8. resolve(Verb)

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

  9. resolve(Verb)

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

  10. resolve(Verb)

    To melt; to dissolve; to become liquid.

  11. resolve(Verb)

    To liquefy (a gas or vapour).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Resolve(verb)

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

  2. Resolve(verb)

    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. Resolve(verb)

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

  4. Resolve(verb)

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

  5. Resolve(verb)

    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. Resolve(verb)

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

  7. Resolve(verb)

    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. Resolve(verb)

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

  9. Resolve(verb)

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

  10. Resolve(verb)

    to relax; to lay at ease

  11. Resolve(verb)

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

  12. Resolve(verb)

    to melt; to dissolve; to become fluid

  13. Resolve(verb)

    to be settled in opinion; to be convinced

  14. Resolve(verb)

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

  15. Resolve(noun)

    the act of resolving or making clear; resolution; solution

  16. Resolve(noun)

    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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    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. Luo Zhaohui:

    This is the best plan in the current situation to resolve the stalemate in the denuclearization of North Korea and for its peace and stability.

  2. Johannes Hahn:

    Success will depend on Albania's resolve to continue with reforms in an inclusive way and make them irreversible, it is important that Albania pursues a comprehensive, inclusive and consistent justice reform process which is essential to increase public trust in the judiciary.

  3. George Georgakopoulos:

    Renewing the 48-hour strikes is what we have in mind, we recognise there is an inconvenience for passengers and that is why we ask the government to resolve the matter the soonest.

  4. Bevil Conway:

    This dress was very carefully crafted, either by accident or design, for a combination of colors that doesn’t resolve unambiguously.

  5. Ed Mullins:

    She made a statement and now law enforcement is making a statement. What's clear is that no one in the country is trying to resolve the issues between communities of color and the distrust of law enforcement.

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  • حلArabic
  • resolució, resoldre, solucionarCatalan, Valencian
  • vyřešitCzech
  • lösen, auflösenGerman
  • disolver, resolución, resolverSpanish
  • päättää, ratkaista, selvittääFinnish
  • résoudreFrench
  • scaoilIrish
  • megold, megfejt, elhatározHungarian
  • menyelesaikanIndonesian
  • risolvereItalian
  • 決定する, 解く, 決心する, 分解Japanese
  • 해결하다Korean
  • proponoLatin
  • opnieuw, beslissen, oplossen, zich, vastbeslotenheid, besluiten, voornemen, wilskrachtDutch
  • rozwiązać, postanawiać, rozwiązywać, postanowićPolish
  • resolverPortuguese
  • rezolva, conchide, hotărîRomanian
  • решать, решительность, решиться, решимость, решаться, решить, смелостьRussian
  • beslutsamhet, lösa, resolvera, besluta, lösa omSwedish
  • పరిష్కరించు, పరిష్కరించడానికిTelugu
  • вирішитиUkrainian

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    a British imperial capacity measure (liquid or dry) equal to 4 quarts or 4.545 liters
    • A. howdah
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