resolve has definitions from the fields of writing,mathematics,optics
1
[ verb ] bring to an end; settle conclusively

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"

Used in print

(Barry Goldwater, "A Foreign Policy for America"...)

It may be , of_course , that such objectives can be pursued consisently with a policy designed to overthrow Communism ; my point is that where conflicts arise they must always be resolved in_favor_of achieving the indispensable condition for a tolerant world - the absence of Soviet Communist power .

(R. F. Shaw, "The `Private Eye`"...)

Dashiell_Hammett resolved this contradiction by ceasing to write mystery_stories and turning_to other pursuits .

(William C. Smith, "Why Fear Ideas?"...)

Debate is not likely to resolve the tensions and make the lot of the stepchild a happier one .

(The Department of State: A Fresh Look at the...)

We can no_longer rely_on interdepartmental machinery `` somewhere upstairs '' to resolve differences between this and other departments .

2
[ verb ] reach a decision

Synonyms

purpose

Examples

"he resolved never to drink again"

Used in print

(Jean Mercier, Whatever You Do, Don't Panic....)

Resolving to get something done , I started in on the dishes .

Related terms

decide resolution

3
[ verb ] reach a conclusion after a discussion or deliberation

Synonyms

conclude

Used in print

(John Michael Ray, "Rhode Island's Reactions...)

Resolved that , while we most decidedly disapprove the methods he adopted to accomplish his objects , yet in his willingness to die in aid of the great cause of human freedom , we still recognize the qualities of a noble nature and the exercise of a spirit which true men have always admired and which history never fails to honor .

Resolved that his wrongs and bereavements in Kansas , occasioned by the violence and brutality of those who were intent_on the propagation of slavery in that territory , call_for a charitable judgment upon his recent efforts in Virginia to undermine the despotism from which he had suffered , and commend his family to the special sympathy and aid of all who pity suffering and reverence justice .

Resolved that the anti slavery sentiment is becoming ripe for resolute action .

Resolved , that we find in this fearful tragedy at Harper_'s_Ferry a reason for more earnest effort to remove the evil of slavery from the whole land as speedily as possible .

Related terms

agree settle resolution

4
[ verb ] understand the meaning of

Synonyms

answer

Examples

"The question concerning the meaning of life cannot be answered"

Used in print

(Douglas Ashford, "Elections in Morocco: Progress...)

From the very beginning the electoral discussions raised fundamental issues in Moroccan politics , precisely the type of questions that were most difficult to resolve in the new government .

In the new country the electoral process is considered as a means of resolving fundamental , and sometimes bitter , differences among leaders and also as a source of policy guidance .

Related terms

solve

5
[ noun ] the trait of being resolute; firmness of purpose

Examples

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

6
[ verb ] (optics) make clearly visible, as of images in optics

Used in print

(Cornell H. Mayer, "Radio Emission of the Moon...)

This is much smaller than the highest resolution of even the very large reflectors now under construction , and consequently the radio_emission of different regions of the disk cannot be resolved .

Related terms

recognize optics

7
[ verb ] (mathematics) find the solution to

Synonyms

solve

Examples

"solve an equation"

Used in print

(1961 Research Highlights of the National Bureau of...)

Similar measurements are being initiated to resolve a large discrepancy in the heat_of_formation of another important combustion product , beryllium fluoride .

8
[ verb ] cause to go into a solution

Synonyms

dissolve break_up

Examples

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

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[ noun ] (writing) a formal expression by a meeting; agreed to by a vote
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