Definition of resolution in US English:



  • 1A firm decision to do or not to do something.

    ‘she kept her resolution not to see Anne any more’
    ‘a New Year's resolution’
    • ‘Meanwhile, if you have made an unusual New Year's resolution - or have a suggestion of a resolution for someone else - get in touch.’
    • ‘Today those resolutions, though, still stand.’
    • ‘There are a few words, but the plot - a series of episodes, mini - dramas, decisions and resolutions - isn't dependent on them.’
    • ‘It's also time to make some firm resolutions, ones that you intend, for once, to keep.’
    • ‘When I was duly discharged I made a firm resolution to surrender my subscriptions, which were bleeding my budget with their ridiculously high rates and false promises.’
    • ‘The prosecution must conduct a fair, thorough probe of the scandal under any circumstances with a firm resolution to root out the corrupt ties between politics and business once and for all.’
    • ‘Once the festivities of Christmas and New Year are over, many of us will be turning our thoughts to making resolutions for the year ahead.’
    • ‘Well, did you keep your new year's resolution or resolutions?’
    • ‘Some of you may remember my New Year's resolutions and noticed that quite a few of them had something to do with weight loss.’
    • ‘I grant, of course, that the firmest resolution can change, but when it changes quickly one is entitled to wonder whether it was a firm resolution.’
    • ‘He stared at me curiously, though behind that curiosity was a firm resolution I had no idea of.’
    • ‘But, after a bit of thought I realized that making resolutions is much easier if you do it for other people.’
    • ‘From then on, his reading, prayer and entire formation were concentrated on his firm resolution.’
    • ‘However, here are suggestions for resolutions for loved ones in my life.’
    • ‘The local people, he said, were more firm in their resolution to end violence and bloodshed.’
    • ‘I was told that this - my life right now - was prime time for resolutions, that the decisions I made now would determine every possible outcome of my future.’
    • ‘It's probably the spirit of New Year resolutions doing the rounds, but there seems to be a lot of talk about how many books one can read as against the number of books one wants to read.’
    • ‘The desire to live in Shanghai firmed her resolution to win the competition for a place with the airline.’
    • ‘As this is the time of the year for resolutions perhaps a decision to attend the Parents Association meetings would be a good start to 2002.’
    • ‘The resolution of this decision faded slightly when I saw her, and even more so when I finally stepped into the laundrette and bathed in her smile.’
    intention, resolve, decision, intent, aim, aspiration, design, purpose, object, plan
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    1. 1.1 A formal expression of opinion or intention agreed on by a legislative body, committee, or other formal meeting, typically after taking a vote.
      ‘the conference passed two resolutions’
      • ‘Unlike ordinary resolutions which are decided after taking account the proxy vote and show of hands at the meeting, all 7 resolutions were voted on by a poll.’
      • ‘To pass, the resolution will need nine votes without a veto from any of the permanent members of the Security Council.’
      • ‘Here the community used to have general meetings and approve resolutions.’
      • ‘The Council has also increasingly made use of opinions and resolutions as a way of pressuring the Commission into generating legislative proposals.’
      • ‘Activists need to call members' meetings where they pass resolutions calling for escalation of the action.’
      • ‘The secretary has pointed out repeatedly that all it takes is nine votes to pass a resolution, and he is sure that he has them.’
      • ‘The meeting overwhelmingly passed a resolution threatening further industrial action if management persisted.’
      • ‘The meeting passed a resolution which supported direct action against the war.’
      • ‘Shareholders will vote on the resolutions at annual meetings this spring.’
      • ‘When the board next meets on January 4, members will vote on a formal resolution to ban smoking in public.’
      • ‘Last night, the Senate passed, by voice vote, a resolution issuing a formal apology for failing to pass federal anti-lynching laws.’
      • ‘The resolution passed by unanimous vote in the subcommittee.’
      • ‘There was a dispute at the meeting so the resolution was never passed.’
      • ‘The meeting passed a resolution authorising the party to enter into coalition arrangements with other parties.’
      • ‘During the meeting six different resolutions were moved and passed.’
      • ‘The campaign says it wants members to vote against a resolution expressing confidence in the managing director.’
      • ‘The resolution passed on a vote of 61 to 14 with 13 abstentions.’
      • ‘They need six more votes to pass the resolution.’
      • ‘At what was described as a general meeting the 1880 purchase was approved, and a special meeting passed a resolution declaring the trusts.’
      • ‘Yesterday the legislature passed a resolution demanding that the Cabinet resume building the plant.’
      motion, proposal, proposition, plan
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  • 2The quality of being determined or resolute.

    ‘he handled the last French actions of the war with resolution’
    • ‘The victory will depend on courage, resolution, and a determination to defend what we value - leaders are right to remind us of this.’
    • ‘A crucial art of the political leader in a crisis is to mask his own fear with a calming projection to the public of certainty and resolution.’
    • ‘Courage and resolution are the spirit and soul of his virtues.’
    • ‘The world is a better place for the removal of his influence, of that I'm certain, but I feel it's a time for grim determination and resolution rather than cheering.’
    • ‘After the collapse of the market the Federal Reserve System acted with resolution to absorb the shock.’
    • ‘We will not initiate war, but if war is imposed on us, we will defend ourselves with the utmost resolution and determination.’
    • ‘However, on the day, they showed such determination and resolution that nothing could stand between them and victory.’
    • ‘The Civil Commissioners acted with resolution, but they were dogged by the problem of the ultimate legitimacy of their acts.’
    • ‘She acted with resolution and looked very cool. This made me realized again that women could be very strong on such occasion.’
    • ‘In general the frontier of Virginia was ravaged less than that of Pennsylvania, because the government of the former acted with resolution and dispatch in raising 1000 militia for defence.’
    determination, purpose, purposefulness, resolve, resoluteness, single-mindedness, strength of will, strength of character, will power, firmness, firmness of purpose, fixity of purpose, intentness, decision, decidedness
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  • 3The action of solving a problem, dispute, or contentious matter.

    ‘the peaceful resolution of all disputes’
    ‘a successful resolution to the problem’
    • ‘The UN has never pretended to have a monopoly on the peaceful resolution of disputes.’
    • ‘Both of these seem to me matters which need resolution, and may not be capable of satisfactory control by conditions.’
    • ‘I was never completely clear on what it was they expected the government to do, and I don't think there was any real resolution to the matter, which dragged on for quite a while before any new music was released.’
    • ‘In such instances, there is an emphasis on the peaceful resolution of the dispute between the parties with reference, as necessary, to the Commission.’
    • ‘But what we want to see is not the use of force but the peaceful resolution of this matter, and that's in the hands of the Miami relatives.’
    • ‘It was a despicable crime and we are determined to do all that we can over the next few days to bring this to an early successful resolution.’
    • ‘Thus, no matter what may have been previously decided in hearings or by the couple themselves, the divorce court can impart its own resolution on the matter.’
    • ‘Next time these parties meet to hash out national agreements, several contentious issues will need resolution.’
    • ‘It also settles for the peaceful resolution of conflicts anywhere in the world.’
    • ‘As president, he saw himself basically as decision maker in chief, the person to whom his aides brought major matters for final resolution.’
    • ‘Mediation and peaceful resolution of international disputes are again topical.’
    • ‘In large part it has achieved its objectives, especially in promoting a cost-efficient, peaceful resolution of disputes.’
    • ‘In recent years, I've been very involved in conflict resolution to solve community problems, which is currently how I earn a living.’
    • ‘The educator that violently hits his students in order to get them to conform or behave to his liking can surely not lay any claim to teaching of peaceful dispute resolution.’
    • ‘It is common these days to see workers resort to strike action at the slightest hint of disagreement during collective bargaining or resolution of any industrial matter.’
    • ‘I assure you the family will be pleased that there's been resolution in the matter.’
    • ‘We believe the key principles of cohesion are collective action, mutual understanding and the peaceful resolution of disputes.’
    • ‘For most perpetual conflicts in marriages, what matters is not conflict resolution, but the attitudes that surround discussion of the conflict.’
    • ‘The merits of international law and the peaceful resolution of disputes through courts were advanced by that process.’
    • ‘You said, ‘Democracy… teaches cooperation, the free exchange of ideas, peaceful resolution of differences.’’
    solution to, answer to, end to, explanation to
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    1. 3.1Music The passing of a discord into a concord during the course of changing harmony.
      • ‘Traditionally, a musical climax is reached through the emotionally loaded swell of dynamics or harmonic resolution.’
      • ‘Mindlessly memorizing from the beginning of a phrase or section without analytical awareness of the cadence yields a lack of harmonic direction and resolution.’
      • ‘The intricacy of the music and the audacity of the joint improvisations take the explorations close to the edge, with changes of tempo and harmonies miraculously reaching resolution.’
      • ‘The return of the minor mode of the first aria at the conclusion provides dramatic resolution to the work where the poet's deceived heart is inflected with irony.’
      • ‘Classical music codas produce the anticipation of resolution.’
    2. 3.2Medicine The disappearance of inflammation, or of any other symptom or condition.
      • ‘Treatment includes analgesics and physical therapy, with resolution of symptoms usually occurring in three to four months.’
      • ‘Improvement was defined as partial or complete resolution of clinical or subclinical symptoms of hepatic encephalopathy.’
      • ‘He had been treated for irritable bowel syndrome without resolution of symptoms.’
      • ‘Combined chemotherapy and radiotherapy resulted in complete resolution of the lesion and a long-term remission of more than 5 years.’
      • ‘An indeterminate outcome was defined as resolution of signs and symptoms of infection with a need for continued antimicrobial suppression.’
  • 4Chemistry
    The process of reducing or separating something into its components.

    • ‘However, as these QTL appear to be tightly linked in coupling phase, the combined intercrosses do not provide sufficient resolution to separate the effects.’
    • ‘Each resolution process was examined and classified into one of four types.’
    • ‘The acetylcholine binding site at atomic resolution has five aromatic amino acids.’
    • ‘This improved separation efficiency gives sharper peaks that give better resolution, or faster separations, compared with conventional HPLC separations.’
    1. 4.1Physics The replacing of a single force or other vector quantity by two or more jointly equivalent to it.
      • ‘Bunsen discussed his work on this problem with Kirchhoff, who pointed the way to a method based on the prismatic resolution of the colors of flames into their separate parts.’
      • ‘The resolution of fluorescence emission spectra into Gaussian components is shown in Figs.3-6.’
      • ‘An optimum radius of the curvature ensuring the best spectral resolution was determined for a nonsymmetric diffractor scheme.’
  • 5The smallest interval measurable by a scientific (especially optical) instrument; the resolving power.

    • ‘To measure this region, both the instrument resolution and photon statistics need to be improved.’
    • ‘The resolution of the height measurement is mainly limited by the z-axis noise, which is normally a few tenths of a nanometer under standard imaging conditions.’
    • ‘So for many applications researchers turn to diffraction, which requires a crystal, but can achieve resolutions of a few angstroms or better.’
    • ‘The effect is due to the limitation of the instrumental resolution regarding the measurement of hydration water large-scale motions.’
    • ‘The new altitude would multiply the resolution of the measurements that Cassini's instruments could make at Enceladus by a factor of nearly 6.’
    1. 5.1 The degree of detail visible in a photographic or television image.
      • ‘Also the image of the ship was getting a more clear resolution and more detail could be seen.’
      • ‘One frequent stumbling block for beginners is image resolution.’
      • ‘Most current studies have relied on imaging methods, which require good contrast for image resolution.’
      • ‘In this image, the foreground appears slightly blurred, whereas the rocks further away appear reasonably sharp, considering image resolution.’
      • ‘Most digital photography requirements will focus on one major element: image resolution.’
      • ‘Scanning at the maximum optical resolution captures as much detail as possible without making your file too large.’
      • ‘Image resolution is far from being the only dimension of comparison or even the most important one.’
      • ‘The typical goal for optics is to use lenses that produce the sharpest clarity and largest usable image, thus providing the best image resolution.’
      • ‘It offers all manner of options in terms of settings, degrees of resolution, and in-camera viewing of images.’
      • ‘The virions on the cell surfaces were imaged at high resolution and considerable detail of the arrangement of protein assemblies on their surfaces was evident.’
      • ‘Although not all areas are highly detailed, some images are very high resolution, and some show sensitive locations in various countries.’
      • ‘Even using the smallest screen resolution and the lowest graphics detail I had problems, and I don't understand why.’
      • ‘This is about where our own tests ended up, depending on the particular screen resolution and other configuration settings we used.’
      • ‘But because a television display resolution is also low, it ought to play many PC games with at least acceptable performance.’
      • ‘A front projection system with LCD projector delivers HDTV resolution for high definition images.’
      • ‘The best resolution for high definition television, which is also used by the best professional digital video cameras, is 1920x1080.’
      • ‘It's also important to point out that there is a definite need for high resolution (highly detailed) graphics and graphic images.’
      • ‘Depending on your screen resolution, this image is about a third the size of the real thing, which is 700 mm long by 400 mm wide.’
      • ‘The more pixels, the higher the image resolution and thus the better the photograph.’
      • ‘In addition, the reflective surfaces of the prism are coated with special films to enhance both image contrast and resolution.’
      clarity, clearness, visibility, precision, sharpness, crispness, acuteness, distinctness
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  • 6The conversion of something abstract into another form.

    ‘the gradual resolution of an uncertain feeling into a named emotion’
    1. 6.1Prosody The substitution of two short syllables for one long one.
      • ‘This is called resolution since the pair of syllables are resolved or treated as if they were a single heavy syllable.’
      • ‘The resolution of a long (or presumed long), syllable into two shorts is a common feature of verse composition.’


Late Middle English: from Latin resolutio(n-), from resolvere ‘loosen, release’ (see resolve).