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1‘the government seems to think that the matter can be resolved overnight’
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
informal sew up, hammer out, thrash out, patch up, crack, figure out
2‘Charity resolved not to think about him any longer’
determine, decide, make up one's mind, take a decision, reach a decision, conclude, come to the conclusion
settle on a plan of action
3‘the committee resolved that the council should proceed’
vote, pass a resolution, rule, move, decide formally, agree, undertake
4‘these compounds can be resolved into their active constituents by various methods’
break down, break up, separate, reduce, decompose, divide
5‘one of the most important of a lawyer's accomplishments is the ability to resolve facts into their legal categories’
analyse, dissect, break down, anatomize
6‘the shore came closer, the grey smudge resolving into green fields and a sandy beach’
turn into, be transformed into, become clearly visible as, change into, metamorphose into, be transmuted into
7‘all my doubts were resolved’
dispel, remove, allay, dissipate, clear up, banish, put an end to
1‘attempts to intimidate him merely strengthened his resolve’
determination, resolution, firmness of purpose, fixity of purpose, purpose, purposefulness, resoluteness, single-mindedness, strength of will, strength of character, will power, firmness, intentness, decision, decidedness
steadfastness, staunchness, manfulness, perseverance, persistence, indefatigability, tenacity, tenaciousness, staying power, strong-mindedness, backbone, dedication, commitment, constancy, the bulldog spirit, pertinacity, pertinaciousness
stubbornness, doggedness, obstinacy, obdurateness, obduracy, inflexibility
spiritedness, braveness, bravery, boldness, courage, courageousness, pluck, pluckiness, stout-heartedness
informal guts, spunk, grit, stickability
North American informal stick-to-it-iveness
2‘he made a resolve not to go there alone next time’
decision, resolution, commitment, intention
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