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!
Ye immortal souls, who once were men,
And now resolved to elements again.
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.
To the resolving whereof we must first know that the Jews were commanded to divorce an unbelieving Gentile.
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?
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.
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.
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.
To dispere or scatter; to discuss, as an inflammation or a tumor.
To let the tones (as of a discord) follow their several tendencies, resulting in a concord.
To relax; to lay at ease.
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.
To be settled in opinion; to be convinced.
Let men resolve of that as they plaease.
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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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.
Caesar's approach has summoned us together,
And Rome attends her fate from our resolves.
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