"resolve" Definition


  1. v. i. To separate the component parts of; to reduce to the constituent elements; -- said of compound substances; hence, sometimes, to melt, or dissolve.
  2. v. i. 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.
  3. v. i. To cause to perceive or understand; to acquaint; to inform; to convince; to assure; to make certain.
  4. v. i. To determine or decide in purpose; to make ready in mind; to fix; to settle; as, he was resolved by an unexpected event.
  5. v. i. 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. v. i. To change or convert by resolution or formal vote; -- used only reflexively; as, the house resolved itself into a committee of the whole.
  7. v. i. 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.
  8. v. i. To dispere or scatter; to discuss, as an inflammation or a tumor.
  9. v. i. To let the tones (as of a discord) follow their several tendencies, resulting in a concord.
  10. v. i. To relax; to lay at ease.
  11. v. i. To be separated into its component parts or distinct principles; to undergo resolution.
  12. v. i. To melt; to dissolve; to become fluid.
  13. v. i. To be settled in opinion; to be convinced.
  14. v. i. To form a purpose; to make a decision; especially, to determine after reflection; as, to resolve on a better course of life.
  15. n. The act of resolving or making clear; resolution; solution.
  16. n. That which has been resolved on or determined; decisive conclusion; fixed purpose; determination; also, legal or official determination; a legislative declaration; a resolution.

Dictionary Stats for "resolve"

Position in dictionary: 83769 of 111710 words.
Word Types: v. i., v. i., v. i., v. i., v. i., v. i., v. i., v. i., v. i., v. i., v. i., v. i., v. i., v. i., n., n.,
Words that start with resolve: 6
Words that end with resolve: 3
Words that contain resolve: 10
Next words in dictionary: resolved, resolvedly, resolvedness, resolvent, resolver, resolving, resonance, resonancy, resonant, resonantly
Previous words in dictionary: resolvableness, resolvable, resolvability, resolutory, resolutive, resolutionist, resolutioner, resolution, resoluteness, resolutely

Definition of resolve

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