verb (used with object), re·solved, re·solv·ing.
verb (used without object), re·solved, re·solv·ing.
- resolving power,
- resonance radiation
Origin of resolve
Examples from the Web for resolve
They were born in 51 countries and speak 59 foreign languages, but they seemed bound by a single purpose and resolve.
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|Michael Tomasky|December 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The city may have learned something about resolve in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.
Modi has ordered his army commanders to strike back hard at the Line of Control to demonstrate Indian resolve.
I ask them how can they resolve that with what they are doing.
A resolve fixed itself at once in her heart; to greet her lover the instant he arrived.The Daughter of a Magnate|Frank H. Spearman
When we were about to embark I suddenly thought of my little dog Stickeen and made the resolve to take him along.Alaska Days with John Muir|Samuel Hall Young
You can command your words and thoughts if you will; resolve, therefore, on this duty.A Christian Directory (Volume 1 of 4)|Richard Baxter
If they could only resolve upon such a course, and stick to it, don't you think they would receive more aid, material and moral?
And in that resolve he was fortified by the loyal support of his wife.Thomas Carlyle|Hector Carsewell Macpherson
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.).