resolve: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (ri-zolv'), [key]
— v., n. -solved, -solv•ing,
- to come to a definite or earnest decision about; determine (to do something): I have resolved that I shall live to the full.
- to separate into constituent or elementary parts; break up; cause or disintegrate (usually fol. by into).
- to reduce or convert by, or as by, breaking up or disintegration (usually fol. by to or into).
- to convert or transform by any process (often used reflexively).
- to reduce by mental analysis (often fol. by into).
- to settle, determine, or state formally in a vote or resolution, as of a deliberative assembly.
- to deal with (a question, a matter of uncertainty, etc.) conclusively; settle; solve: to resolve the question before the board.
- to clear away or dispel (doubts, fears, etc.); answer: to resolve any doubts we may have had.
- to separate (a racemic mixture) into optically active components.
- to cause (a voice part or the harmony as a whole) to progress from a dissonance to a consonance.
- to separate and make visible the individual parts of (an image); distinguish between.
- to cause (swellings, inflammation, etc.) to disappear without suppuration.
- to come to a determination; make up one's mind; determine (often fol. by on or upon): to resolve on a plan of action.
- to break up or disintegrate.
- to be reduced or changed by breaking up or otherwise (usually fol. by to or into).
- to progress from a dissonance to a consonance.
- a resolution or determination made, as to follow some course of action.
- firmness of purpose or intent; determination.
- resolve (Thesaurus)