Definition of "resolve" []

  • To make a firm decision about. (verb-transitive)
  • To cause (a person) to reach a decision. See Synonyms at decide. (verb-transitive)
  • To decide or express by formal vote. (verb-transitive)
  • To change or convert: My resentment resolved itself into resignation. (verb-transitive)
  • To find a solution to; solve. See Synonyms at solve. (verb-transitive)
  • To decide or determine firmly (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To express (an opinion) formally, esp (of a public meeting) one agreed by a vote (verb)
  • To separate or cause to separate (into) (constituent parts or elements) (verb)
  • To change, alter, or appear to change or alter (verb)
  • To make up the mind of; cause to decide (verb)
  • To find the answer or solution to; solve (verb)
  • To explain away or dispel (verb)
  • To bring to an end; conclude (verb)
  • To cause (a swelling or inflammation) to subside, esp without the formation of pus (verb)
  • To follow (a dissonant note or chord) or (of a dissonant note or chord) to be followed by one producing a consonance (verb)
  • To separate (a racemic mixture) into its optically active constituents (verb)
  • To distinguish between (separate parts) of (an image) as in a microscope, telescope, or other optical instrument (verb)
  • To separate (two adjacent peaks) in a spectrum by means of a spectrometer (verb)
  • To split (a vector) into its components in specified directions (verb)
  • Something determined or decided; resolution (noun)
  • Firmness of purpose; determination (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "resolve" in a sentence
  • "One of the questions we have to resolve is why Kohlhammer would * want* to be president."
  • "We must remember the words of Admiral Michael Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who said that "resolve is a force multiplier.""
  • "Their resolve is no less than these thugs -- they after hunting them down."