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RESOLVE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does resolve mean? 

RESOLVE (noun)
  The noun RESOLVE has 2 senses:

1. the trait of being resolute
2. a formal expression by a meeting; agreed to by a vote

  Familiarity information: RESOLVE used as a noun is rare.


RESOLVE (verb)
  The verb RESOLVE has 7 senses:

1. bring to an end; settle conclusively
2. reach a conclusion after a discussion or deliberation
3. reach a decision
4. understand the meaning of
5. make clearly visible
6. find the solution
7. cause to go into a solution

  Familiarity information: RESOLVE used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


RESOLVE (noun)


Sense 1resolve [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The trait of being resolute

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

firmness of purpose; resoluteness; resolve; firmness; resolution

Context examples:

his resoluteness carried him through the battle / it was his unshakeable resolution to finish the work

Hypernyms ("resolve" is a kind of...):

trait (a distinguishing feature of your personal nature)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "resolve"):

possession; self-command; self-control; self-possession; self-will; willpower (the trait of resolutely controlling your own behavior)

steadfastness (steadfast resolution)

determination; purpose (the quality of being determined to do or achieve something)

decision; decisiveness (the trait of resoluteness as evidenced by firmness of character or purpose)

adamance; obduracy; unyieldingness (resoluteness by virtue of being unyielding and inflexible)

single-mindedness (characterized by one unified purpose)

bullheadedness; obstinacy; obstinance; pigheadedness; self-will; stubbornness (resolute adherence to your own ideas or desires)

stiffness (firm resoluteness in purpose or opinion or action)

sturdiness (resoluteness evidenced by strength of character)

steadiness (freedom from wavering or indecision; constancy of resolve or conduct)


Sense 2resolve [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A formal expression by a meeting; agreed to by a vote

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

resolution; resolve; declaration

Hypernyms ("resolve" is a kind of...):

document; papers; written document (writing that provides information (especially information of an official nature))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "resolve"):

joint resolution (a resolution passed by both houses of Congress which becomes legally binding when signed by the chief executive (or passed over the executive's veto))

Instance hyponyms:

Declaration of Independence (the document recording the proclamation of the second Continental Congress (4 July 1776) asserting the independence of the colonies from Great Britain)


RESOLVE (verb)


Sense 1resolve [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Bring to an end; settle conclusively

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

resolve; adjudicate; decide; settle

Context examples:

The case was decided / The judge decided the case in favor of the plaintiff / The father adjudicated when the sons were quarreling over their inheritance

Hypernyms (to "resolve" is one way to...):

end; terminate (bring to an end or halt)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "resolve"):

judge (determine the result of (a competition))

adjust (decide how much is to be paid on an insurance claim)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 2resolve [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Reach a conclusion after a discussion or deliberation

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

resolve; conclude

Hypernyms (to "resolve" is one way to...):

agree; concord; concur; hold (be in accord; be in agreement)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "resolve"):

determine; settle; square off; square up (settle conclusively; come to terms)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


Sense 3resolve [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Reach a decision

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

purpose; resolve

Context example:

he resolved never to drink again

Hypernyms (to "resolve" is one way to...):

decide; determine; make up one's mind (reach, make, or come to a decision about something)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s that CLAUSE
Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE

Sentence example:

They resolve to move


Sense 4resolve [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Understand the meaning of

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

resolve; answer

Context example:

The question concerning the meaning of life cannot be answered

Hypernyms (to "resolve" is one way to...):

figure out; lick; puzzle out; solve; work; work out (find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 5resolve [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make clearly visible

Classified under:

Verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling

Context example:

can this image be resolved?

Hypernyms (to "resolve" is one way to...):

discern; distinguish; make out; pick out; recognise; recognize; tell apart (detect with the senses)

Domain category:

optics (the branch of physics that studies the physical properties of light)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 6resolve [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Find the solution

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

solve; resolve

Context examples:

solve an equation / solve for x

Hypernyms (to "resolve" is one way to...):

calculate; cipher; compute; cypher; figure; reckon; work out (make a mathematical calculation or computation)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "resolve"):

factorise; factorize (resolve (a polynomial) into factors)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 7resolve [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause to go into a solution

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

dissolve; break up; resolve

Context example:

The recipe says that we should dissolve a cup of sugar in two cups of water

Hypernyms (to "resolve" is one way to...):

change integrity (change in physical make-up)

Cause:

dissolve (pass into a solution)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "resolve"):

cut (dissolve by breaking down the fat of)

melt; melt down; run (reduce or cause to be reduced from a solid to a liquid state, usually by heating)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


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