verb (used with object), resolved, resolving.
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 followed by into ).
to reduce or convert by, or as by, breaking up or disintegration (usually followed by to or into ).
to convert or transform by any process (often used reflexively).
to reduce by mental analysis (often followed 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.
Chemistry. to separate (a racemic mixture) into optically active components.
Music. to cause (a voice part or the harmony as a whole) to progress from a dissonance to a consonance.
Optics. to separate and make visible the individual parts of (an image); distinguish between.
Medicine/Medical. to cause (swellings, inflammation, etc.) to disappear without suppuration.
verb (used without object), resolved, resolving.
to come to a determination; make up one's mind; determine (often followed 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 followed by to or into ).
Music. 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.

1325–75; Middle English resolven (v.) < Latin resolvere to unfasten, loosen, release, equivalent to re- re- + solvere to loosen; see solve

resolver, noun
preresolve, verb, preresolved, preresolving.
unresolving, adjective

1. confirm. See decide. 2. analyze, reduce. 17, 18. decision. Unabridged
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resolve (rɪˈzɒlv)
vb (usually foll by into)
1.  (takes a clause as object or an infinitive) to decide or determine firmly
2.  to express (an opinion) formally, esp (of a public meeting) one agreed by a vote
3.  to separate or cause to separate (into) (constituent parts or elements)
4.  (usually reflexive) to change, alter, or appear to change or alter: the ghost resolved itself into a tree
5.  to make up the mind of; cause to decide: the tempest resolved him to stay at home
6.  to find the answer or solution to; solve: to resolve a problem
7.  to explain away or dispel: to resolve a doubt
8.  to bring to an end; conclude: to resolve an argument
9.  med to cause (a swelling or inflammation) to subside, esp without the formation of pus
10.  (also intr) to follow (a dissonant note or chord) or (of a dissonant note or chord) to be followed by one producing a consonance
11.  chem to separate (a racemic mixture) into its optically active constituents
12.  physics
 a.  to distinguish between (separate parts) of (an image) as in a microscope, telescope, or other optical instrument
 b.  to separate (two adjacent peaks) in a spectrum by means of a spectrometer
13.  maths to split (a vector) into its components in specified directions
14.  an obsolete word for dissolve
15.  something determined or decided; resolution: he had made a resolve to work all day
16.  firmness of purpose; determination: nothing can break his resolve
[C14: from Latin resolvere to unfasten, reveal, from re- + solvere to loosen; see solve]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., from L. resolvere "to loosen, undo, settle," from re-, intensive prefix, + solvere "loosen" (see solve). Same sense evolution as in resolution. The noun meaning "determination" is first recorded 1592.
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Medical Dictionary

resolve re·solve (rĭ-zŏlv')
v. re·solved, re·solv·ing, re·solves

  1. To cause resolution of an abnormal condition.

  2. To separate an optically inactive compound or mixture into its optically active constituents.

  3. To render parts of an image visible and distinct.

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