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English noun: resolve

1. resolve (attribute) the trait of being resolute

SamplesHis resoluteness carried him through the battle.
It was his unshakeable resolution to finish the work.

Synonymsfirmness, firmness of purpose, resoluteness, resolution

Broader (hypernym)trait

Narrower (hyponym)adamance, bullheadedness, decision, decisiveness, determination, obduracy, obstinacy, obstinance, pigheadedness, possession, purpose, self-command, self-control, self-possession, self-will, self-will, single-mindedness, steadfastness, steadiness, stiffness, stubbornness, sturdiness, unyieldingness, will power, willpower

Antonymsirresoluteness, irresolution

2. resolve (communication) a formal expression by a meeting; agreed to by a vote

Synonymsdeclaration, resolution

Broader (hypernym)document, papers, written document

Narrower (hyponym)joint resolution

Instance hyponymDeclaration of Independence

English verb: resolve

1. resolve (cognition) bring to an end; settle conclusively

SamplesThe case was decided.
The judge decided the case in favor of the plaintiff.
The father adjudicated when the sons were quarreling over their inheritance.

Synonymsadjudicate, decide, settle

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)end, terminate

Narrower (hyponym)adjust, judge

2. resolve (communication) reach a conclusion after a discussion or deliberation


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)agree, concord, concur, hold

Narrower (hyponym)determine, settle, square off, square up

3. resolve (cognition) reach a decision

SamplesHe resolved never to drink again.

ExamplesThey resolve to move


Pattern of useSomebody ----s that CLAUSE.
Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE

Broader (hypernym)decide, determine, make up one's mind

4. resolve (cognition) understand the meaning of

SamplesThe question concerning the meaning of life cannot be answered.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)figure out, lick, puzzle out, solve, work, work out

5. resolve (perception) make clearly visible

SamplesCan this image be resolved?.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)discern, distinguish, make out, pick out, recognise, recognize, spot, tell apart

Domain categoryoptics

6. resolve (cognition) find the solution

SamplesSolve an equation.
Solve for x.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)calculate, cipher, compute, cypher, figure, reckon, work out

Narrower (hyponym)factorise, factorize

7. resolve (change) cause to go into a solution

SamplesThe recipe says that we should dissolve a cup of sugar in two cups of water.

Synonymsbreak up, dissolve

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)change integrity

Narrower (hyponym)cut, melt, melt down, run


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