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  1. re·solve
  2. verb

    • 1. settle or find a solution to (a problem, dispute, or contentious matter):

      the firm aims to resolve problems within 30 days
      Synonym : settle, sort out, solve, find a solution to, find an answer to, fix, work out, straighten out, deal with, put right, set right, put to rights, rectify, iron out, reconcile, answer, explain, fathom, unravel, disentangle, clarify, clear up, throw light on, sew up, hammer out, thrash out, patch up, crack, figure out
    • 2. cause (a symptom or condition) to disperse, subside, or heal:

      endoscopic biliary drainage can rapidly resolve jaundice
    • 3. (of a symptom or condition) disperse, subside, or heal:

      symptoms resolved after a median of four weeks
    • 4. (of a discord) lead into a concord during the course of harmonic change:

      dissonant notes resolve conventionally by rising or falling to form part of a new chord
    • 5. cause (a discord) to pass into a concord.

    • 6. decide firmly on a course of action:

      she resolved to call Dana as soon as she got home
      Synonym : determine, decide, make up one's mind, take a decision, reach a decision, conclude, come to the conclusion, settle on a plan of action
    • 7. (of a legislative body, committee, or other formal meeting) make a decision by a formal vote:

      the conference resolved to support an alliance the committee resolved that teachers should make their recommendations without knowledge of test scores
      Synonym : vote, pass a resolution, rule, move, decide formally, agree, undertake
    • 8. separate or cause to be separated into components:

      alpha-zein is often resolved into two major size components the Labyrinth's design resolves into a number of distinct functional areas
      Synonym : break down, break up, separate, reduce, decompose, divide, disintegrate, dissolve
    • 9. reduce a subject, statement, etc. by mental analysis into (separate elements or a more elementary form):

      the ability to resolve facts into their legal categories
      Synonym : analyze, dissect, break down, anatomize
    • 10. analyze (a force or velocity) into components acting in particular directions.

    • 11. (of something seen at a distance) turn into a different form when seen more clearly:

      the orange glow resolved itself into four lanterns
      Synonym : turn into, be transformed into, become clearly visible as, change into, metamorphose into, be transmuted into
    • 12. (of optical or photographic equipment) separate or distinguish between (closely adjacent objects):

      Hubble was able to resolve six variable stars in M31
    • 13. separately distinguish (peaks in a graph or spectrum).


  3. Variation

    • v.: verb: resolve, 3rd person present: resolves, gerund or present participle: resolving, past tense: resolved, past participle: resolved

    • verb

      settle or find a solution to (a problem or contentious matter):

      cause (a symptom or condition) to heal or subside:

    • noun

      firm determination to do something:

      a formal resolution by a legislative body or public meeting.

    • adjective

      firmly determined to do something:
    • adjective

      firmly determined to do something:
    • adjective

      relating to or denoting a spectroscopic technique in which a spectrum is obtained at a series of time intervals after excitation of the sample.
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