firm in purpose or intent; determined.

Nearby words

  1. resolution,
  2. resolutioner,
  3. resolutive,
  4. resolvable,
  5. resolve,
  6. resolvent,
  7. resolving power,
  8. resonance,
  9. resonance radiation,
  10. resonant

Origin of resolved

First recorded in 1490–1500; resolve + -ed2

Related formsre·solv·ed·ly [ri-zol-vid-lee] /rɪˈzɒl vɪd li/, adverbre·solv·ed·ness, nounun·re·solved, adjectivewell-re·solved, adjective



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

to come to a definite or earnest decision about; determine (to do something): I have resolved that I shall live to the full.
to separate into constituent or elementary parts; break up; cause or disintegrate (usually followed by into).
to reduce or convert by, or as by, breaking up or disintegration (usually followed by to or into).
to convert or transform by any process (often used reflexively).
to reduce by mental analysis (often followed by into).
to settle, determine, or state in a formal vote or formal expression of opinion or intention, as of a deliberative assembly.
to deal with (a question, a matter of uncertainty, etc.) conclusively; settle; solve: to resolve the question before the board.
to clear away or dispel (doubts, fears, etc.); answer: to resolve any doubts we may have had.
Chemistry. to separate (a racemic mixture) into optically active components.
Music. to cause (a voice part or the harmony as a whole) to progress from a dissonance to a consonance.
Optics. to separate and make visible the individual parts of (an image); distinguish between.
Medicine/Medical. to cause (swellings, inflammation, etc.) to disappear without suppuration.

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

to come to a determination; make up one's mind; determine (often followed by on or upon): to resolve on a plan of action.
to break up or disintegrate.
to be reduced or changed by breaking up or otherwise (usually followed by to or into).
Music. to progress from a dissonance to a consonance.


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

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

Synonym study

1. See decide. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for resolved



fixed in purpose or intention; determined
Derived Formsresolvedly (rɪˈzɒlvɪdlɪ), adverbresolvedness, noun


verb (mainly tr)

(takes a clause as object or an infinitive) to decide or determine firmly
to express (an opinion) formally, esp (of a public meeting) one agreed by a vote
(also intr usually foll by into) to separate or cause to separate (into) (constituent parts or elements)
(usually reflexive) to change, alter, or appear to change or alterthe ghost resolved itself into a tree
to make up the mind of; cause to decidethe tempest resolved him to stay at home
to find the answer or solution to; solveto resolve a problem
to explain away or dispelto resolve a doubt
to bring to an end; concludeto resolve an argument
med to cause (a swelling or inflammation) to subside, esp without the formation of pus
(also intr) to follow (a dissonant note or chord) or (of a dissonant note or chord) to be followed by one producing a consonance
chem to separate (a racemic mixture) into its optically active constituents
  1. to distinguish between (separate parts) of (an image) as in a microscope, telescope, or other optical instrument
  2. to separate (two adjacent peaks) in a spectrum by means of a spectrometer
maths to split (a vector) into its components in specified directions
an obsolete word for dissolve


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

Word Origin for resolve

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

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Word Origin and History for resolved
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Medicine definitions for resolved




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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