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English Dictionary: resolve by the DICT Development Group
4 results for resolve
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. the trait of being resolute; "his resoluteness carried him through the battle"; "it was his unshakeable resolution to finish the work"
    Synonym(s): resoluteness, firmness, firmness of purpose, resolve, resolution
    Antonym(s): irresoluteness, irresolution
  2. a formal expression by a meeting; agreed to by a vote
    Synonym(s): resolution, declaration, resolve
  1. bring to an end; settle conclusively; "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"
    Synonym(s): decide, settle, resolve, adjudicate
  2. reach a conclusion after a discussion or deliberation
    Synonym(s): conclude, resolve
  3. reach a decision; "he resolved never to drink again"
    Synonym(s): purpose, resolve
  4. understand the meaning of; "The question concerning the meaning of life cannot be answered"
    Synonym(s): answer, resolve
  5. make clearly visible; "can this image be resolved?"
  6. find the solution; "solve an equation"; "solve for x"
    Synonym(s): resolve, solve
  7. cause to go into a solution; "The recipe says that we should dissolve a cup of sugar in two cups of water"
    Synonym(s): dissolve, resolve, break up
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Resolve \Re*solve"\ (r?-z?lv"), v. i. [The sense [bd]to be
      convinced, to determine[b8] comes from the idea of loosening,
      breaking up into parts, analyzing, hence, determining.]
      1. To be separated into its component parts or distinct
            principles; to undergo resolution.
      2. To melt; to dissolve; to become fluid.
                     When the blood stagnates in any part, it first
                     coagulates, then resolves, and turns alkaline.
      3. To be settled in opinion; to be convinced. [R.]
                     Let men resolve of that as they plaease. --Locke.
      4. To form a purpose; to make a decision; especially, to
            determine after reflection; as, to resolve on a better
            course of life.
      Syn: To determine; decide; conclude; purpose.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Resolve \Re*solve"\ (r?*z?lv"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Resolved}
      (-z?lvd"); p. pr. & vb. n. {Resolving}.] [L. resolvere,
      resolutum, to untie, loosen, relax, enfeeble; pref. re- re- +
      solvere to loosen, dissolve: cf. F. r[82]soudare to resolve.
      See {Solve}, and cf. {Resolve}, v. i., {Resolute},
      1. To separate the component parts of; to reduce to the
            constituent elements; -- said of compound substances;
            hence, sometimes, to melt, or dissolve.
                     O, that this too too solid flesh would melt, Thaw,
                     and resolve itself into a dew!            --Shak.
                     Ye immortal souls, who once were men, And now
                     resolved to elements again.               --Dryden.
      2. To reduce to simple or intelligible notions; -- said of
            complex ideas or obscure questions; to make clear or
            certain; to free from doubt; to disentangle; to unravel;
            to explain; hence, to clear up, or dispel, as doubt; as,
            to resolve a riddle. [bd]Resolve my doubt.[b8] --Shak.
                     To the resolving whereof we must first know that the
                     Jews were commanded to divorce an unbelieving
                     Gentile.                                             --Milton.
      3. To cause to perceive or understand; to acquaint; to
            inform; to convince; to assure; to make certain.
                     Sir, be resolved. I must and will come. --Beau. &
                     Resolve me, Reason, which of these is worse, Want
                     with a full, or with an empty purse?   --Pope.
                     In health, good air, pleasure, riches, I am resolved
                     it can not be equaled by any region.   --Sir W.
                     We must be resolved how the law can be pure and
                     perspicuous, and yet throw a polluted skirt over
                     these Eleusinian mysteries.               --Milton.
      4. To determine or decide in purpose; to make ready in mind;
            to fix; to settle; as, he was resolved by an unexpected
      5. To express, as an opinion or determination, by resolution
            and vote; to declare or decide by a formal vote; --
            followed by a clause; as, the house resolved (or, it was
            resolved by the house) that no money should be apropriated
            (or, to appropriate no money).
      6. To change or convert by resolution or formal vote; -- used
            only reflexively; as, the house resolved itself into a
            committee of the whole.
      7. (Math.) To solve, as a problem, by enumerating the several
            things to be done, in order to obtain what is required; to
            find the answer to, or the result of. --Hutton.
      8. (Med.) To dispere or scatter; to discuss, as an
            inflammation or a tumor.
      9. (Mus.) To let the tones (as of a discord) follow their
            several tendencies, resulting in a concord.
      10. To relax; to lay at ease. [Obs.] --B. Jonson.
      {To resolve a nebula}.(Astron.) See {Resolution of a nebula},
            under {Resolution}.
      Syn: To solve; analyze; unravel; disentangle.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Resolve \Re*solve"\, n.
      1. The act of resolving or making clear; resolution;
            solution. [bd]To give a full resolve of that which is so
            much controverted.[b8] --Milton.
      2. That which has been resolved on or determined; decisive
            conclusion; fixed purpose; determination; also, legal or
            official determination; a legislative declaration; a
                     Nor is your firm resolve unknown.      --Shak.
                     C[91]sar's approach has summoned us together, And
                     Rome attends her fate from our resolves. --Addison.
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