[ ri-zolv ]
/ rɪˈzɒlv /

verb (used with object), re·solved, re·solv·ing.

verb (used without object), re·solved, re·solv·ing.


a resolution or determination made, as to follow some course of action.
firmness of purpose or intent; determination.

Origin of resolve

1325–75; Middle English resolven (v.) < Latin resolvere to unfasten, loosen, release, equivalent to re- re- + solvere to loosen; see solve


re·solv·er, nounpre·re·solve, verb, pre·re·solved, pre·re·solv·ing.un·re·solv·ing, adjective

synonym study for resolve

1. See decide. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for resolve

/ (rɪˈzɒlv) /

verb (mainly tr)


something determined or decided; resolutionhe had made a resolve to work all day
firmness of purpose; determinationnothing can break his resolve

Derived forms of resolve

resolver, noun

Word Origin for resolve

C14: from Latin resolvere to unfasten, reveal, from re- + solvere to loosen; see solve
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Medical definitions for resolve

[ rĭ-zŏlv ]


To cause resolution of an abnormal condition.
To separate an optically inactive compound or mixture into its optically active constituents.
To render parts of an image visible and distinct.
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