resolve

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English, from Latin resolvō.

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Particularly: “split up also? re-solve vs. resolve”

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To solve again
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Verb[edit]

resolve (third-person singular simple present resolves, present participle resolving, simple past and past participle resolved)

  1. (transitive) To find a solution to (a problem).
  2. (transitive) To reduce to simple or intelligible notions; to make clear or certain; to unravel; to explain.
    to resolve a riddle
    • Shakespeare
      Resolve my doubt.
  3. (transitive) To solve again.
    I’ll have to resolve the equation with the new values.
  4. (intransitive) To make a firm decision to do something.
    I resolve to finish this work before I go home.
  5. (transitive) To determine or decide in purpose; to make ready in mind; to fix; to settle.
    He was resolved by an unexpected event.
  6. 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.
  7. (transitive, intransitive, reflexive) To break down into constituent parts; to decompose; to disintegrate; to return to a simpler constitution or a primeval state.
    • Shakespeare
      O, that this too too solid flesh would melt, / Thaw, and resolve itself into a dew!
    • Dryden
      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.
  8. 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.
    • Milton
      We must be resolved how the law can be pure and perspicuous, and yet throw a polluted skirt over these Eleusinian mysteries.
  9. (music) To cause a chord to go from dissonance to consonance.
  10. (computing) To find the IP address of a hostname, or the entity referred to by a symbol in source code; to look up.
  11. (rare, transitive) To melt; to dissolve; to liquefy or soften (a solid).
  12. (rare, intransitive, reflexive) To melt; to dissolve; to become liquid.
    • Arbuthnot
      When the blood stagnates in any part, it first coagulates, then resolves, and turns alkaline.
  13. (obsolete, transitive) To liquefy (a gas or vapour).
  14. (medicine, dated) To disperse or scatter; to discuss, as an inflammation or a tumour.
  15. (obsolete) To relax; to lay at ease.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Ben Jonson to this entry?)

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Noun[edit]

resolve (plural resolves)

  1. 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.

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resolve

  1. third-person singular present indicative of resolvere

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Latin[edit]

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resolve

  1. second-person singular present active imperative of resolvō

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resolve

  1. Third-person singular (ele, ela, also used with tu and você?) present indicative of resolver
  2. Second-person singular (tu) affirmative imperative of resolver