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Definition of resolve:

  1. That which has been resolved on or determined; decisive conclusion; fixed purpose; determination; also, legal or official determination; a legislative declaration; a resolution.
  2. The act of resolving or making clear; resolution; solution.
  3. To be separated into its component parts or distinct principles; to undergo resolution.
  4. To be settled in opinion; to be convinced.
  5. To cause to perceive or understand; to acquaint; to inform; to convince; to assure; to make certain.
  6. To change or convert by resolution or formal vote; - used only reflexively; as, the house resolved itself into a committee of the whole.
  7. To determine or decide in purpose; to make ready in mind; to fix; to settle; as, he was resolved by an unexpected event.
  8. To dispere or scatter; to discuss, as an inflammation or a tumor.
  9. To express, as an opinion or determination, by resolution and vote; to declare or decide by a formal vote; - followed by a clause; as, the house resolved ( or, it was resolved by the house) that no money should be apropriated ( or, to appropriate no money)
  10. To form a purpose; to make a decision; especially, to determine after reflection; as, to resolve on a better course of life.
  11. To let the tones ( as of a discord) follow their several tendencies, resulting in a concord.
  12. To melt; to dissolve; to become fluid.
  13. To reduce to simple or intelligible notions; - said of complex ideas or obscure questions; to make clear or certain; to free from doubt; to disentangle; to unravel; to explain; hence, to clear up, or dispel, as doubt; as, to resolve a riddle.
  14. To relax; to lay at ease.
  15. To separate the component parts of; to reduce to the constituent elements; - said of compound substances; hence, sometimes, to melt, or dissolve.
  16. To solve, as a problem, by enumerating the several things to be done, in order to obtain what is required; to find the answer to, or the result of.

Synonyms:

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