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Definition of resolve verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

        

    resolve

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    verb
    NAmE//rɪˈzɑlv//
     
    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they resolve
     
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    he / she / it resolves
     
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    past simple resolved
     
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    -ing form resolving
     
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  1. 1[transitive] resolve something/itself to find an acceptable solution to a problem or difficulty synonym settle to resolve an issue/a dispute/a conflict/a crisis Attempts are being made to resolve the problem of security in schools. Both sides met in order to try to resolve their differences. Be patient and the situation may resolve itself.
  2. 2[transitive, intransitive] to make a firm decision to do something resolve to do something He resolved not to tell her the truth. resolve (that)… She resolved (that) she would never see him again. resolve on something/on doing something We had resolved on making an early start.
  3. 3[transitive] (of a committee, meeting, etc.) to reach a decision by means of a formal vote it is resolved that… It was resolved that the matter be referred to a higher authority. resolve that… They resolved that the matter be referred to a higher authority. resolve to do something The Supreme Council resolved to resume control over the national press.
  4. Phrasal Verbsresolve into something
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: resolve

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