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Synonyms of 'resolve'

(verb) 
Definition
to find the answer or solution to
We must find a way to resolve these problems.
Synonyms
work out
,
answer
He paused before answering.
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solve
Their domestic reforms did nothing to solve unemployment.
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find the solution to
,
clear up
,
crack
He has finally cracked the code after years of painstaking research.
, ,
suss (out) (slang)
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elucidate
He refused to elucidate the reasons for his decision.
(verb) 
Definition
to decide or determine firmly
She resolved to report the matter.
Synonyms
decide
The goal that decided the match came just before half-time.
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determine
I determined that I would ask him outright.
, ,
make up your mind
He had already made up his mind which side he was on.
, ,
design
a compromise designed to please everyone
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settle
Right, that's settled then.
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purpose
His life went in the direction that he purposed.
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intend
She intends to do A levels and go to university.
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fix
He's fixed a time when I can see him.
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conclude
If the clubs cannot conclude a deal, an independent tribunal will decide.
(verb) 
The spirals of light resolved into points.
Synonyms
change
We are trying to detect and understand how the climate changes.
,
convert
a handy table which converts into an ironing board
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transform
the speed at which your body transforms food into energy
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alter
They have never altered their programmes.
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metamorphose
She had been metamorphosed by the war.
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transmute
She ceased to think as anger transmuted into passion.
(verb) 
Definition
to separate or cause to separate into (constituent parts)
Synonyms
break down
, , ,
melt
The snow had melted.
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dissolve
Heat gently until the sugar dissolves.
, ,
liquefy
Heat the jam until it liquefies.
(verb) 
This finding should resolve some intriguing paradoxes.
Synonyms
analyse
We haven't had time to analyse those samples yet.
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separate
Police moved in to separate the two groups.
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split up
I was beginning to think that we would never split up.
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unravel
He could unravel knots that others could not even attempt.
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dissect
People want to dissect his work.
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disentangle
The author brilliantly disentangles complex debates.
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anatomize
a series of novels anatomizing contemporary mores
(verb) 
Definition
to explain away or dispel
Many years of doubt were finally resolved.
Synonyms
dispel
He will hope to dispel their fears.
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explain
He explained the process to us in simple terms.
, ,
clear up
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banish
He has now banished all thoughts of retirement.
(noun) 
Definition
absolute determination
He doesn't weaken in his resolve.
Synonyms
determination
They acted with great courage and determination.
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resolution
He implemented policy with resolution and single-mindedness.
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courage
They do not have the courage to apologise for their actions.
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willpower
She doesn't have the willpower to give up smoking.
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boldness
,
firmness
There was no denying his considerable firmness of purpose.
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earnestness
the earnestness of their struggle for freedom
,
steadfastness
,
resoluteness
Opposites
wavering
, , , ,
half-heartedness
(noun) 
the resolve to enforce a settlement using troops
Synonyms
decision
He is very much a man of decision and action.
,
resolution
It had been her resolution to lose weight.
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undertaking
Organizing the show has been a massive undertaking.
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objective
His objective was to play golf and win.
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design
Is there some design in having him here?
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project
a local development project
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purpose
They are prepared to go to any lengths to achieve their purpose.
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conclusion
We came to the conclusion that it was too difficult to combine the two techniques.
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intention
She announced her intention of standing for parliament.

Additional synonyms

in the sense of alter
Definition
to make or become different
They have never altered their programmes.
Synonyms
remodel,
tweak (informal),
recast,
reshape,
in the sense of anatomize
a series of novels anatomizing contemporary mores
in the sense of answer
Definition
to reply or respond (to) by word or act
He paused before answering.

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