verb (used with object), re·solved, re·solv·ing.
verb (used without object), re·solved, re·solv·ing.
Origin of resolve
Synonyms for resolve
Related Words for resolveboldness, willpower, will, intention, courage, firmness, steadfastness, fix, determine, conclude, propose, settle, solve, undertake, decide, answer, agree, resoluteness, earnestness, undertaking
Examples from the Web for resolve
Contemporary Examples of resolve
They were born in 51 countries and speak 59 foreign languages, but they seemed bound by a single purpose and resolve.Cop Families Boo De Blasio at NYPD Graduation
December 30, 2014
There is the will of the people; the resolve of the political class; the courage of the media; and the authority of the courts.The U.S. Will Torture Again—and We’re All to Blame
December 12, 2014
The city may have learned something about resolve in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.From Ebola Country to NYC’s Subways
October 25, 2014
Modi has ordered his army commanders to strike back hard at the Line of Control to demonstrate Indian resolve.ICYMI: India-Pakistan Head for Nuke War
October 20, 2014
I ask them how can they resolve that with what they are doing.Our Trip to The Climate War's Ground Zero
September 19, 2014
Historical Examples of resolve
It is a test of our courage—of our resolve—of our wisdom—our essential democracy.
To that end we will devote our strength, our resources, and our firmness of resolve.
Come not near us, if you have resolve to be undutiful: but this, after what I have written, I hope you cannot be.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
We will meet aggression and bad faith with resolve and strength.
Some have unwisely chosen to test America's resolve, and have found it firm.
verb (mainly tr)
- to distinguish between (separate parts) of (an image) as in a microscope, telescope, or other optical instrument
- to separate (two adjacent peaks) in a spectrum by means of a spectrometer
Word Origin for resolve
late 14c., "melt, dissolve, reduce to liquid;" intransitive sense from c.1400; from Old French resolver or directly from Latin resolvere "to loosen, loose, unyoke, undo; explain; relax; set free; make void, dispel," from re-, perhaps intensive, or "back" (see re-), + solvere "loosen" (see solve). Early 15c. as "separate into components," hence the use in optics (1785). Meaning "determine, decide upon" is from 1520s, hence "pass a resolution" (1580s). For sense evolution, cf. resolute (adj.). Related: Resolved; resolving.
"determination, firmness or fixedness of purpose; a determination," 1590s, from resolve (v.).