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Definition of 'resolve'


  1. the trait of being resolute; "his resoluteness carried him through the battle"; "it was his unshakeable resolution to finish the work"
       Synonyms: resoluteness firmness firmness of purpose resolution
       Antonyms: irresoluteness irresolution
  2. a formal expression by a meeting; agreed to by a vote
       Synonyms: resolution declaration


  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"
       Synonyms: decide settle adjudicate
  2. reach a conclusion after a discussion or deliberation
       Synonyms: conclude
  3. reach a decision; "he resolved never to drink again"
       Synonyms: purpose
  4. understand the meaning of; "The question concerning the meaning of life cannot be answered"
       Synonyms: answer
  5. make clearly visible; "can this image be resolved?"
  6. find the solution; "solve an equation"; "solve for x"
       Synonyms: solve
  7. cause to go into a solution; "The recipe says that we should dissolve a cup of sugar in two cups of water"
       Synonyms: dissolve break up

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