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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  O,  that  this  too  too  solid  flesh  would  melt,  Thaw, 
  and  resolve  itself  into  a  dew!  --Shak. 
 
  Ye  immortal  souls,  who  once  were  men,  And  now 
  resolved  to  elements  again  --Dryden. 
 
  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. 
 
  To  the  resolving  whereof  we  must  first  know  that  the 
  Jews  were  commanded  to  divorce  an  unbelieving 
  Gentile.  --Milton. 
 
  3.  To  cause  to  perceive  or  understand;  to  acquaint;  to 
  inform;  to  convince;  to  assure;  to  make  certain. 
 
  Sir,  be  resolved.  I  must  and  will  come  --Beau.  & 
  Fl 
 
  Resolve  me  Reason,  which  of  these  is  worse,  Want 
  with  a  full,  or  with  an  empty  purse?  --Pope. 
 
  In  health,  good  air,  pleasure,  riches,  I  am  resolved 
  it  can  not  be  equaled  by  any  region.  --Sir  W. 
  Raleigh. 
 
  We  must  be  resolved  how  the  law  can  be  pure  and 
  perspicuous,  and  yet  throw  a  polluted  skirt  over 
  these  Eleusinian  mysteries.  --Milton. 
 
  4.  To  determine  or  decide  in  purpose;  to  make  ready  in  mind; 
  to  fix;  to  settle;  as  he  was  resolved  by  an  unexpected 
  event. 
 
  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). 
 
  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.  (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. 
 
  8.  (Med.)  To  dispere  or  scatter;  to  discuss,  as  an 
  inflammation  or  a  tumor. 
 
  9.  (Mus.)  To  let  the  tones  (as  of  a  discord)  follow  their 
  several  tendencies,  resulting  in  a  concord. 
 
  10.  To  relax;  to  lay  at  ease.  [Obs.]  --B.  Jonson 
 
  {To  resolve  a  nebula}.(Astron.)  See  {Resolution  of  a  nebula}, 
  under  {Resolution}. 
 
  Syn:  To  solve;  analyze;  unravel;  disentangle. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Resolve  \Re*solve"\,  n. 
  1.  The  act  of  resolving  or  making  clear;  resolution; 
  solution.  ``To  give  a  full  resolve  of  that  which  is  so 
  much  controverted.''  --Milton. 
 
  2.  That  which  has  been  resolved  on  or  determined;  decisive 
  conclusion;  fixed  purpose;  determination;  also  legal  or 
  official  determination;  a  legislative  declaration;  a 
  resolution. 
 
  Nor  is  your  firm  resolve  unknown.  --Shak. 
 
  C[ae]sar's  approach  has  summoned  us  together,  And 
  Rome  attends  her  fate  from  our  resolves.  --Addison. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Resolve  \Re*solve"\  (r?-z?lv"),  v.  i.  [The  sense  ``to  be 
  convinced,  to  determine''  comes  from  the  idea  of  loosening, 
  breaking  up  into  parts  analyzing,  hence  determining.] 
  1.  To  be  separated  into  its  component  parts  or  distinct 
  principles;  to  undergo  resolution. 
 
  2.  To  melt;  to  dissolve;  to  become  fluid. 
 
  When  the  blood  stagnates  in  any  part  it  first 
  coagulates,  then  resolves,  and  turns  alkaline. 
  --Arbuthhnot. 
 
  3.  To  be  settled  in  opinion;  to  be  convinced.  [R.] 
 
  Let  men  resolve  of  that  as  they  plaease.  --Locke. 
 
  4.  To  form  a  purpose;  to  make  a  decision;  especially,  to 
  determine  after  reflection;  as  to  resolve  on  a  better 
  course  of  life. 
 
  Syn:  To  determine;  decide;  conclude;  purpose. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  resolve 
  n  1:  the  trait  of  being  resolute;  firmness  of  purpose;  "his 
  resoluteness  carried  him  through  the  battle";  "it  was 
  his  unshakeable  resolution  to  finish  the  work"  [syn:  {resoluteness}, 
  {firmness},  {resolution}]  [ant:  {irresoluteness}] 
  2:  a  formal  expression  by  a  meeting;  agreed  to  by  a  vote  [syn: 
  {resolution},  {declaration}] 
  v  1:  bring  to  an  end  settle  conclusively;  "The  case  was 
  decided";  "The  judge  decided  the  case  in  favor  of  the 
  plaintiff"  [syn:  {decide},  {settle}] 
  2:  reach  a  conclusion  after  a  discussion  or  deliberation  [syn: 
  {conclude}] 
  3:  reach  a  decision;  "he  resolved  never  to  drink  again"  [syn:  {purpose}] 
  4:  understand  the  meaning  of  "The  question  concerning  the 
  meaning  of  life  cannot  be  answered"  [syn:  {answer}] 
  5:  make  clearly  visible,  as  of  images  in  optics 
  6:  find  the  solution  to  "solve  an  equation"  [syn:  {solve}] 




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