• WordNet 3.6
    • v resolve cause to go into a solution "The recipe says that we should dissolve a cup of sugar in two cups of water"
    • v resolve understand the meaning of "The question concerning the meaning of life cannot be answered"
    • v resolve 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"
    • v resolve reach a decision "he resolved never to drink again"
    • v resolve find the solution "solve an equation","solve for x"
    • v resolve reach a conclusion after a discussion or deliberation
    • v resolve make clearly visible "can this image be resolved?"
    • n resolve the trait of being resolute "his resoluteness carried him through the battle","it was his unshakeable resolution to finish the work"
    • n resolve a formal expression by a meeting; agreed to by a vote
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Resolve That which has been resolved on or determined; decisive conclusion; fixed purpose; determination; also, legal or official determination; a legislative declaration; a resolution. "Nor is your firm resolve unknown.""Cæsar's approach has summoned us together,
      And Rome attends her fate from our resolves ."
    • Resolve The act of resolving or making clear; resolution; solution. "To give a full resolve of that which is so much controverted."
    • Resolve To be separated into its component parts or distinct principles; to undergo resolution.
    • Resolve To be settled in opinion; to be convinced. "Let men resolve of that as they plaease."
    • Resolve To cause to perceive or understand; to acquaint; to inform; to convince; to assure; to make certain. "Sir, be resolved . I must and will come.""Resolve me, Reason, which of these is worse,
      Want with a full, or with an empty purse?"
      "In health, good air, pleasure, riches, I am resolved it can not be equaled by any region.""We must be resolved how the law can be pure and perspicuous, and yet throw a polluted skirt over these Eleusinian mysteries."
    • Resolve To change or convert by resolution or formal vote; -- used only reflexively; as, the house resolved itself into a committee of the whole.
    • Resolve To determine or decide in purpose; to make ready in mind; to fix; to settle; as, he was resolved by an unexpected event.
    • Resolve (Med) To dispere or scatter; to discuss, as an inflammation or a tumor.
    • Resolve 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.
    • Resolve To form a purpose; to make a decision; especially, to determine after reflection; as, to resolve on a better course of life.
    • Resolve (Mus) To let the tones (as of a discord) follow their several tendencies, resulting in a concord.
    • Resolve To melt; to dissolve; to become fluid. "When the blood stagnates in any part, it first coagulates, then resolves , and turns alkaline."
    • Resolve 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. "Resolve my doubt.""To the resolving whereof we must first know that the Jews were commanded to divorce an unbelieving Gentile."
    • Resolve To relax; to lay at ease.
    • Resolve To separate the component parts of; to reduce to the constituent elements; -- said of compound substances; hence, sometimes, to melt, or dissolve. "O, that this too too solid flesh would melt,
      Thaw, and resolve itself into a dew!"
      "Ye immortal souls, who once were men,
      And now resolved to elements again."
    • Resolve (Math) 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • resolve To loosen; set loose or at ease; relax.
    • resolve To melt; dissolve.
    • resolve To disintegrate; reduce to constituent or elementary parts; separate the component parts of.
    • resolve Specifically In medicine, to effect the disappearance of (a swelling) without the formation of pus.
    • resolve To analyze; reduce by mental analysis.
    • resolve To solve; free from perplexities; clear of difficulties; explain: as, to resolve questions of casuistry; to resolve doubts; to resolve a riddle.
    • resolve In mathematics, to solve; answer (a question).
    • resolve In algebra, to bring all the known quantities of (an equation) to one side, and the unknown quantity to the other.
    • resolve In mech., to separate mathematically (a force or other vector quantity) into components, by the application of the parallelogram of forces, or of an analogous principle. The parts need not have independent reality.
    • resolve To transform by or as by dissolution.
    • resolve To free from doubt or perplexity; inform; acquaint; answer.
    • resolve To settle in an opinion; make certain; convince.
    • resolve To fix in a determination or purpose; determine; decide: used chiefly in the past participle.
    • resolve To determine on; intend; purpose.
    • resolve To make ready in mind; prepare.
    • resolve To determine on; specifically, to express, as an opinion or determination, by or as by resolution and vote.
    • resolve In music, of a voice-part or of the harmony in general, to cause to progress from a discord to a concord.
    • resolve To melt; dissolve; become fluid.
    • resolve To become separated into component or elementary parts; disintegrate; in general, to be reduced as by dissolution or analysis.
    • resolve To form an opinion, purpose, or resolution; determine in mind; purpose: as, he resolved on amendment of life.
    • resolve To be settled in opinion; be convinced.
    • resolve In music, of a voice-part or of the harmony in general, to pass from a discord to a concord. Synonyms To decide, conclude.
    • n resolve The act of resolving or solving; resolution; solution.
    • n resolve An answer.
    • n resolve That which has been resolved or determined on; a resolution.
    • n resolve Firmness or fixedness of purpose; resolution; determination.
    • n resolve The determination or declaration of any corporation, association, or representative body; a resolution.
    • resolve In optics, to make distinguishable, by means of an optical instrument, the details of structure of a body, or to separate by such means close-lying bodies, such as the stars in a cluster.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Resolve rē-zolv′ to separate into parts: to analyse: to free from doubt or difficulty: to explain: to decide: to fix by resolution or formal declaration: : :
    • v.i Resolve to determine
    • n Resolve anything resolved or determined: resolution: fixed purpose
    • n Resolve that which causes solution: :
    • v.t Resolve rē-zolv′ (math.) to solve
    • v.t Resolve rē-zolv′ (med.) to disperse, as a tumour
    • v.t Resolve rē-zolv′ (mus.) to carry a discord into a concord
    • n Resolve (med.) a substance which resolves tumours
    • n Resolve (math.) an equation upon whose solution the solution of a given problem depends
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  • John F. Kennedy
    “Let us resolve to be masters, not the victims, of our history, controlling our own destiny without giving way to blind suspicions and emotions.”
  • George Herbert
    “The resolved mind hath no cares.”
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    “Resolve and thou art free.”
  • Orison Swett Marden
    “Resolve that whatever you do, you will bring the whole man to it; that you will fling the whole weight of your being into it.”
  • Alfred North Whitehead
    “True courage is not the brutal force of vulgar heroes. Rather the firm resolve of virtue and reason.”
  • John Dryden
    “Be slow to resolve, but quick in performance.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. resolvere, resolutum, to untie, loosen, relax, enfeeble; pref. re-, re- + solvere, to loosen, dissolve: cf. F. résoudare, to resolve. See Solve, and cf. Resolve (v. i.) Resolute Resolution


In literature:

John Jacob was resolved not to do the latter, and he was in no condition to adopt the former.
"Great Fortunes, and How They Were Made" by James D. McCabe, Jr.
Not many weeks were allowed to pass before she resolved to again make a bold strike for freedom.
"The Underground Railroad" by William Still
He therefore resolved to return to his conquered kingdom of Bulgaria.
"The Empire of Russia" by John S. C. Abbott
And the gods, of incomparable strength, energy, and splendour, resolved to protect the amrita.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
We all resolve even upon this that you should send a message unto them.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
X. Grotius, who had resolved to follow the Bar, pleaded his first cause at Delft in the year 1599, at his return from France.
"The Life of the Truly Eminent and Learned Hugo Grotius" by Jean Lévesque de Burigny
Sophie was very anxious in this matter, and was resolved to stick as close to her Julie as possible.
"The Claverings" by Anthony Trollope
He was resolved not to abdicate, and his subjects were resolved to support him.
"The Empire of Austria; Its Rise and Present Power" by John S. C. Abbott
Phraates resolved to strengthen the bond.
"The Seven Great Monarchies Of The Ancient Eastern World, Vol 6. (of 7): Parthia" by George Rawlinson
Under these circumstances Sapor resolved on a last effort.
"The Seven Great Monarchies Of The Ancient Eastern World, Vol 7. (of 7): The Sassanian or New Persian Empire" by George Rawlinson

In poetry:

"Thy blooming Birtha here I see,"
Sir Eldred straight rejoin'd;
"But why the son is not with thee,
Resolve my doubting mind."
"Sir Eldred Of The Bower : A Legendary Tale: In Two Parts" by Hannah More
Lord, thou hast heard thy servant cry
And rescued from the grave;
Now shall he live; and none can die,
If God resolve to save.
"Psalm 118 part 2" by Isaac Watts
Though I resolv'd and swore, through grace,
In very solemn terms,
I never should my lusts embrace,
Nor yield unto their charms;
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. IV." by Ralph Erskine
Yet still he seemed resolved to stay
As if it were his rest;
Although their sins from day to day
His righteous soul distressed.
"Lot In Sodom" by John Newton
The royal mercy to surprize,
He now resolves with speed;
"Haste, hither bring," he wildly cries,
"My strongest favourite steed."
"The Fatal Horse" by William Hayley
Though oft, like letters traced on sand,
My weak resolves have passed away,
In mercy lend Thy helping hand
Unto my prayer to-day!
"The Wish Of To-Day" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

Egypt, Turkey can help resolve conflict.
Jefferson County Drug Task Force is one step closer to being resolved.
A new contract for Scranton's clerical union that was approved Thursday resolved a lingering legal battle over two jobs in the clerk's office of city council.
Lawmakers couldn't resolve that issue and it's now before the state Court of Appeals which is expected to seek to transfer the case to the state Supreme Court.
Marco Island's City Council resolves Bald Eagle Drive lighting controversy.
The labor dispute within the NFL was just resolved allowing the people who do this to return to work.
A Federal Way chiropractor who allegedly told women they would benefit from genital massage cannot practice until charges against him are resolved.
Governor in talks to resolve cab issue.
"You always say the gage maker's rule of thumb states that any gage used to verify another gage must resolve to ten times its accuracy," he wrote.
Be it hereby resolved, the Central Corridor and Hiawatha light-rail tracks are wed.
Japan's nuclear-free roadmap fails to resolve short-term uncertainty.
Nimsoft has released the first localized version of Nimsoft Service Desk Software as a Service (SaaS) solution, a component of Nimsoft Unified Manager that enables enterprises to manage and resolve IT issues with SaaS tools.
Both sides in a lawsuit over dredging the Savannah River are set to sit down next week and try to resolve their issues.
Austin says it resolved homeowner's mixed-up water bill.
One of the first things we resolved to do when we launched "60 Minutes Overtime" was hang out with Morley Safer in that wonderfully cluttered office of his and ask him to tell some stories from his 42 years as a correspondent on "60 Minutes".

In science:

The resolving power of high resolution instruments onboard Chandra and XMM-Newton and typical resolving power of X-ray CCD cameras are also shown for comparison .
Multiwavelength Astronomy and CTA: X-rays
As evidence in support of this hypothesis, we mention the familiar fact that under-resolved simulations show greater turbulence and a simulation which is severely under-resolved will become unstable.
Navier-Stokes solver using Green's functions I: channel flow and plane Couette flow
We draw an edge associated with a resolvent entry Gxy with a solid line, and an edge associated with a resolvent entry G∗ xy with a dashed line.
Averaging Fluctuations in Resolvents of Random Band Matrices
The denominator of each term contains diagonal resolvent entries, while its numerator is a product of off-diagonal resolvent entries; this follows from the structure of (3.13). A simple such example was given in (3.24).
Averaging Fluctuations in Resolvents of Random Band Matrices
In Figure 3.3, each edge of the graph represents a resolvent entry with no upper indices; in Figure 3.4, each edge of the graph represents a resolvent entry that is maximally expanded in (a, b).
Averaging Fluctuations in Resolvents of Random Band Matrices