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Definition of resolve
1 [with object] settle or find a solution to (a problem, dispute, or contentious matter):the firm aims to resolve problems within 30 days [with object] Medicine cause (a symptom or condition) to disperse, subside, or heal:endoscopic biliary drainage can rapidly resolve jaundice [no object] (of a symptom or condition) disperse, subside, or heal:symptoms resolved after a median of four weeks [no object] Music (of a discord) lead into a concord during the course of harmonic change. [with object] Music cause (a discord) to pass into a concord. 2 [no object] decide firmly on a course of action: [with infinitive]:she resolved to call Dana as soon as she got home [with clause] (of a legislative body, committee, or other formal meeting) make a decision by a formal vote:the committee resolved that teachers should make their recommendations without knowledge of test scores [with infinitive]:the conference resolved to support an alliance 3
chiefly Chemistry separate or cause to be separated into components.
(resolve something into
) reduce a subject, statement, etc., by mental analysis into (separate elements or a more elementary form):the ability to resolve facts into their legal categories
[no object] (of something seen at a distance) turn into a different form when seen more clearly:the orange glow resolved itself into four lanterns [with object] (of optical or photographic equipment) separate or distinguish between (closely adjacent objects):Hubble was able to resolve six variable stars in M31 [with object] separately distinguish (peaks in a graph or spectrum). [with object] Physics analyze (a force or velocity) into components acting in particular directions.
firm determination to do something:she received information that strengthened her resolve she intended to stick to her initial resolve US a formal resolution by a legislative body or public meeting.