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'esoudare to resolve. See Solve, and cf. Resolve, v. i., Resolute, Resolution.]


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.


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."


To the resolving whereof we must first know that the Jews were commanded to divorce an unbelieving Gentile. Milton.


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.


To determine or decide in purpose; to make ready in mind; to fix; to settle; as, he was resolved by an unexpected event.


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).


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.


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.


To relax; to lay at ease.


B. Jonson.

To resolve a nebula.Astron. See Resolution of a nebula, under Resolution.

Syn. -- To solve; analyze; unravel; disentangle.


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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.]


To be separated into its component parts or distinct principles; to undergo resolution.


To melt; to dissolve; to become fluid.

When the blood stagnates in any part, it first coagulates, then resolves, and turns alkaline. Arbuthhnot.


To be settled in opinion; to be convinced.


Let men resolve of that as they plaease. Locke.


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.


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Re*solve", n.


The act of resolving or making clear; resolution; solution.

"To give a full resolve of that which is so much controverted."



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.

Caesar's approach has summoned us together, And Rome attends her fate from our resolves. Addison.


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