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- To solve again
- Other senses
- (UK) IPA(key): /ɹɪˈzɒlv/, /ɹiːˈzɒlv/
- Rhymes: -ɪzɒlv or Rhymes: -iːzɒlv
- (US) IPA(key): /ɹɪˈzɒlv/
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- (transitive) To find a solution to (a problem).
- (transitive) To reduce to simple or intelligible notions; to make clear or certain; to unravel; to explain.
- to resolve a riddle
- Resolve my doubt.
- (transitive) To solve again.
- I’ll have to resolve the equation with the new values.
- (intransitive) To make a firm decision to do something.
- I resolve to finish this work before I go home.
- (transitive) To determine or decide in purpose; to make ready in mind; to fix; to settle.
- He was resolved by an unexpected event.
- To come to an agreement or make peace; patch up relationship, settle differences, bury the hatchet.
- After two weeks of bickering, they finally resolved their differences.
- (transitive, intransitive, reflexive) To break down into constituent parts; to decompose; to disintegrate; to return to a simpler constitution or a primeval state.
- O, that this too too solid flesh would melt, / Thaw, and resolve itself into a dew!
- Ye immortal souls, who once were men, / And now resolved to elements again.
2013 July-August, Fenella Saunders, “Tiny Lenses See the Big Picture”, American Scientist:
- The single-imaging optic of the mammalian eye offers some distinct visual advantages. Such lenses can take in photons from a wide range of angles, increasing light sensitivity. They also have high spatial resolution, resolving incoming images in minute detail.
- To cause to perceive or understand; to acquaint; to inform; to convince; to assure; to make certain.
- Alexander Pope
- Resolve me, Reason, which of these is worse, / Want with a full, or with an empty purse?
- Sir Walter Raleigh
- In health, good air, pleasure, riches, I am resolved it can not be equalled by any region.
- We must be resolved how the law can be pure and perspicuous, and yet throw a polluted skirt over these Eleusinian mysteries.
- Alexander Pope
- (music) To cause a chord to go from dissonance to consonance.
- (computing) To find the IP address of a hostname, or the entity referred to by a symbol in source code; to look up.
- (rare, transitive) To melt; to dissolve; to liquefy or soften (a solid).
- (rare, intransitive, reflexive) To melt; to dissolve; to become liquid.
- When the blood stagnates in any part, it first coagulates, then resolves, and turns alkaline.
- (obsolete, transitive) To liquefy (a gas or vapour).
- (medicine, dated) To disperse or scatter; to discuss, as an inflammation or a tumour.
- (obsolete) To relax; to lay at ease.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Ben Jonson to this entry?)
find a solution to
make a firm decision
to cause a chord to go from dissonance to consonance
- Oxford English Dictionary, Second Edition, 1989
resolve (plural resolves)
- Determination, will power.
- It took all my resolve to go through with it.
2011 October 1, Saj Chowdhury, “Wolverhampton 1 - 2 Newcastle”, BBC Sport:
- Alan Pardew's current squad has been put together with a relatively low budget but the resolve and unity within the team is priceless.
- third-person singular present indicative of
- second-person singular present active imperative of