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Definition of resolve verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

        

    resolve

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    verb
    BrE BrE//rɪˈzɒlv//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈzɑːlv//
     
    , NAmE//rɪˈzɔːlv//
     
    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they resolve
    BrE BrE//rɪˈzɒlv//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈzɑːlv//
     
    , NAmE//rɪˈzɔːlv//
     
    he / she / it resolves
    BrE BrE//rɪˈzɒlvz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈzɑːlvz//
     
    , NAmE//rɪˈzɔːlvz//
     
    past simple resolved
    BrE BrE//rɪˈzɒlvd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈzɑːlvd//
     
    , NAmE//rɪˈzɔːlvd//
     
    past participle resolved
    BrE BrE//rɪˈzɒlvd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈzɑːlvd//
     
    , NAmE//rɪˈzɔːlvd//
     
    -ing form resolving
    BrE BrE//rɪˈzɒlvɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈzɑːlvɪŋ//
     
    , NAmE//rɪˈzɔːlvɪŋ//
     
     
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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. Word Origin late Middle English (in the senses ‘dissolve, disintegrate’ and ‘solve (a problem)’): from Latin resolvere, from re- (expressing intensive force) + solvere ‘loosen’.Extra examples The crisis was finally resolved through high-level negotiations. The family feuding could resolve itself. The matter is not yet fully resolved. The two countries have failed to resolve their differences on this. They met in a last-ditch attempt to resolve their differences. We hope that the dispute can be resolved peacefully. Both sides met in order to resolve their differences. Fortunately, the issue has now been amicably resolved. He resolved to do something to help the children he had met. She resolved that she would never see him again. The Supreme Council resolved to resume control over the press. The UN was supposed to be a forum for resolving disputes by peaceful means. The committee unanimously resolved that the party chairman should step down. The matter has never really been satisfactorily resolved. The prime minister flew home immediately to try to resolve the crisis. Where can ordinary people get help with resolving family problems? Phrasal Verbsresolve into something
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