resolve


resolve
1 verb
1 (T) to find a satisfactory way of dealing with a problem or difficulty; settle: negotiations to resolve the dispute | There weren't enough beds, but the matter was resolved by George sleeping on the sofa.
2 (I, T) to make a definite decision to do something: resolve to do sth: After the divorce she resolved never to marry again. | resolve that: Mary resolved that she would try to work harder.
3 (I, T) to make a formal decision, especially by voting: resolve to do sth: The Senate resolved to accept the President's budget proposals by 70 votes to 30.
4 (T) to separate something into its different parts
resolve sth into sth phrasal verb (T)
1 technical to separate or become separated into parts: This mixture will resolve into two separate compounds.
2 resolve itself into to gradually change into something else; become: The argument resolved itself into an uneasy truce.
2 noun (U) formal strong determination to succeed in doing something: His encouragement and support strengthened our resolve.

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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