Definition of resolution in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌrezəˈlo͞oSH(ə)n/


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
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  • 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.
  • Today those resolutions, though, still stand.
  • However, here are suggestions for resolutions for loved ones in my life.
intention, resolve, decision, intent, aim, plan;
commitment, pledge, promise
1.1A 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
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  • Last night, the Senate passed, by voice vote, a resolution issuing a formal apology for failing to pass federal anti-lynching laws.
  • 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.
  • When the board next meets on January 4, members will vote on a formal resolution to ban smoking in public.
motion, proposal, proposition, resolve
1.2The quality of being determined or resolute: he handled the last French actions of the war with resolution
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  • The victory will depend on courage, resolution, and a determination to defend what we value - leaders are right to remind us of this.
  • 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.
  • However, on the day, they showed such determination and resolution that nothing could stand between them and victory.
2The action of solving a problem, dispute, or contentious matter: the peaceful resolution of all disputes a successful resolution to the problem
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The UN has never pretended to have a monopoly on the peaceful resolution of disputes.
solution to, answer to, end to, ending to, settlement of, conclusion to
2.1 Music The passing of a discord into a concord during the course of changing harmony.
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  • Mindlessly memorizing from the beginning of a phrase or section without analytical awareness of the cadence yields a lack of harmonic direction and resolution.
  • Traditionally, a musical climax is reached through the emotionally loaded swell of dynamics or harmonic 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.
2.2 Medicine The disappearance of inflammation, or of any other symptom or condition.
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  • 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.
  • An indeterminate outcome was defined as resolution of signs and symptoms of infection with a need for continued antimicrobial suppression.
3chiefly Chemistry The process of reducing or separating something into its components.
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  • The acetylcholine binding site at atomic resolution has five aromatic amino acids.
  • However, as these QTL appear to be tightly linked in coupling phase, the combined intercrosses do not provide sufficient resolution to separate the effects.
  • This improved separation efficiency gives sharper peaks that give better resolution, or faster separations, compared with conventional HPLC separations.
3.1 Physics The replacing of a single force or other vector quantity by two or more jointly equivalent to it.
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  • The resolution of fluorescence emission spectra into Gaussian components is shown in Figs.3-6.
  • 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.
  • An optimum radius of the curvature ensuring the best spectral resolution was determined for a nonsymmetric diffractor scheme.
3.2The conversion of something abstract into another form.
3.3 Prosody The substitution of two short syllables for one long one.
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  • 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.
4The smallest interval measurable by a scientific (especially optical) instrument; the resolving power.
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  • The new altitude would multiply the resolution of the measurements that Cassini's instruments could make at Enceladus by a factor of nearly 6.
  • To measure this region, both the instrument resolution and photon statistics need to be improved.
  • The effect is due to the limitation of the instrumental resolution regarding the measurement of hydration water large-scale motions.
4.1The degree of detail visible in a photographic or television image.
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  • 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.
  • 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.


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

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Syllabification: res·o·lu·tion

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