Resolve Re*solve" (r?*z?lv"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Resolved} (-z?lvd"); p. pr. & vb. n. {Resolving}.] [L. resolvere, resolutum, to untie, loosen, relax, enfeeble; pref. re- re- + solvere to loosen, dissolve: cf. F. r['e]soudare to resolve. See {Solve}, and cf. {Resolve}, v. i., {Resolute}, {Resolution}.] 1. To separate the component parts of; to reduce to the constituent elements; -- said of compound substances; hence, sometimes, to melt, or dissolve. [1913 Webster]

O, that this too too solid flesh would melt, Thaw, and resolve itself into a dew! --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Ye immortal souls, who once were men, And now resolved to elements again. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

2. 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. ``Resolve my doubt.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

To the resolving whereof we must first know that the Jews were commanded to divorce an unbelieving Gentile. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. To cause to perceive or understand; to acquaint; to inform; to convince; to assure; to make certain. [1913 Webster]

Sir, be resolved. I must and will come. --Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster]

Resolve me, Reason, which of these is worse, Want with a full, or with an empty purse? --Pope. [1913 Webster]

In health, good air, pleasure, riches, I am resolved it can not be equaled by any region. --Sir W. Raleigh. [1913 Webster]

We must be resolved how the law can be pure and perspicuous, and yet throw a polluted skirt over these Eleusinian mysteries. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

4. To determine or decide in purpose; to make ready in mind; to fix; to settle; as, he was resolved by an unexpected event. [1913 Webster]

5. 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). [1913 Webster]

6. To change or convert by resolution or formal vote; -- used only reflexively; as, the house resolved itself into a committee of the whole. [1913 Webster]

7. (Math.) 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. --Hutton. [1913 Webster]

8. (Med.) To dispere or scatter; to discuss, as an inflammation or a tumor. [1913 Webster]

9. (Mus.) To let the tones (as of a discord) follow their several tendencies, resulting in a concord. [1913 Webster]

10. To relax; to lay at ease. [Obs.] --B. Jonson. [1913 Webster]

{To resolve a nebula}.(Astron.) See {Resolution of a nebula}, under {Resolution}. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To solve; analyze; unravel; disentangle. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Resolved — Re*solved (r? z?lvd ), p. p. & a. Having a fixed purpose; determined; resolute; usually placed after its noun; as, a man resolved to be rich. [1913 Webster] That makes him a resolved enemy. Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster] I am resolved she shall not… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • resolved — index decisive, deliberate, indomitable, inexorable, inflexible, intense, intentional, patient, peremptory …   Law dictionary

  • resolved — [ri zälvd′, rizôlvd′] adj. firm and fixed in purpose; determined; resolute resolvedly [rizäl′vid lē, rizôl′vid lē] adv …   English World dictionary

  • resolved — adj. (usu. does not stand alone) 1) firmly resolved 2) resolved to + inf. (we are resolved to finish the work on time) 3) (formal) resolved that + clause; subj. (be it resolved that an official delegation be/should be sent) * * * [rɪ zɒlvd] subj …   Combinatory dictionary

  • resolved — ir·resolved; resolved; un·resolved; …   English syllables

  • resolved — [[t]rɪzɒ̱lvd[/t]] ADJ GRADED: v link ADJ to inf If you are resolved to do something, you are determined to do it. [FORMAL] Most folk with property to lose were resolved to defend it. Syn: determined …   English dictionary

  • resolved —   Ho oholo.    ♦ Be it resolved, ho oholo ia …   English-Hawaiian dictionary

  • resolved — resolvedly /ri zol vid lee/, adv. resolvedness, n. /ri zolvd /, adj. firm in purpose or intent; determined. [1490 1500; RESOLVE + ED2] * * * …   Universalium

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