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Definition of Resolve

Resolve

  1. To separate the component parts of; to reduce to the constituent elements; -- said of compound substances; hence, sometimes, to melt, or dissolve.
  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.
  3. To cause to perceive or understand; to acquaint; to inform; to convince; to assure; to make certain.
  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 tumor.
  9. To let the tones (as of a discord) follow their several tendencies, resulting in a concord.
  10. To relax; to lay at ease.
  11. To be separated into its component parts or distinct principles; to undergo resolution.
  12. To melt; to dissolve; to become fluid.
  13. To be settled in opinion; to be convinced.
  14. To form a purpose; to make a decision; especially, to determine after reflection; as, to resolve on a better course of life.
  15. The act of resolving or making clear; resolution; solution.
  16. That which has been resolved on or determined; decisive conclusion; fixed purpose; determination; also, legal or official determination; a legislative declaration; a resolution.

Resolve Quotations

Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve.
George W. Bush

Daydreaming allows you to play out scenarios where you miraculously save the day. You play out scenarios in your head that are kind of crazy, and then you personally, heroically resolve them.
Mark Waters

I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.
Isoroku Yamamoto

Firmness in enduring and exertion is a character I always wish to possess. I have always despised the whining yelp of complaint and cowardly resolve.
Robert Burns

We are telling the American people to have patience, courage, resolve and determination.
Muammar al-Gaddafi
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Resolve Translations

resolve in Latin is diluo, scisco, cerno
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