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- To solve again
- Other senses
- (UK) IPA(key): /ɹɪˈzɒlv/, /ɹiːˈzɒlv/
- Rhymes: -ɒlv or Rhymes: -ɒlv
- (US) IPA(key): /ɹɪˈzɑlv/
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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.
1762, Charles Johnstone, The Reverie; or, A Flight to the Paradise of Fools, volume 2, Dublin: Printed by Dillon Chamberlaine, OCLC 519072825, page 202:
- At length, one night, when the company by ſome accident broke up much ſooner than ordinary, ſo that the candles were not half burnt out, ſhe was not able to reſiſt the temptation, but reſolved to have them ſome way or other. Accordingly, as ſoon as the hurry was over, and the ſervants, as ſhe thought, all gone to ſleep, ſhe ſtole out of her bed, and went down ſtairs, naked to her ſhift as ſhe was, with a deſign to ſteal them […]
- (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”, in 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.
- 1749, Henry Fielding, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling
- She was proceeding in this manner when the surgeon entered the room. The lieutenant immediately asked how his patient did. But he resolved him only by saying, "Better, I believe, than he would have been by this time, if I had not been called; and even as it is, perhaps it would have been lucky if I could have been called sooner."
- 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?)
- (chemistry) To separate racemic compounds into their enantiomers.
to find a solution to
to reduce to simple or intelligible notions; to make clear or certain
to make a firm decision
to determine or decide in purpose; to make ready in mind
to cause to perceive or understand, to convince; to assure; to make certain
to cause a chord to go from dissonance to consonance
to liquefy a gas or vapour
to separate racemic compounds into their enantiomers
- J[ohn] A. Simpson and E[dward] S. C. Weiner, editors (1989) The Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd edition, Oxford: Clarendon Press, ISBN 978-0-19-861186-8.
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”, in 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.