Synonym: To determine, decide, conclude, purpose.
Origin: The sense to be convinced, to determine comes from the idea of loosening, breaking up into parts, analyzing, hence, determining.
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. 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)
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).
Synonym: To solve, analyze, unravel, disentangle.
Origin: L. Resolvere, resolutum, to untie, loosen, relax, enfeeble; pref. Re- re- _ solvere to loosen, dissolve: cf. F. Resoudare to resolve. See Solve, and cf. Resolve, Resolute, Resolution.