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

Synonyms for resolve

1. confirm. 2. analyze, reduce. 17, 18. decision.

Synonym study

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

British Dictionary definitions for resolver


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 resolver



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.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for resolver




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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