Resolution - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˌrezəˈluːʃn|  American pronunciation of the word resolution
Brit.  |rezəˈluːʃ(ə)n|  British pronunciation of the word resolution


- a formal expression by a meeting; agreed to by a vote (syn: declaration, resolve)
- the ability of a microscope or telescope to measure the angular separation of images that are close together
- the trait of being resolute (syn: firmness, resoluteness, resolve)
it was his unshakeable resolution to finish the work
- finding a solution to a problem (syn: solving)
- something settled or resolved; the outcome of decision making (syn: closure, settlement)
they never did achieve a final resolution of their differences
- analysis into clear-cut components
- (computer science) the number of pixels per square inch on a computer-generated display; the greater the resolution, the better the picture
- the subsidence of swelling or other signs of inflammation (especially in a lung)
- (music) a dissonant chord is followed by a consonant chord
- a statement that solves a problem or explains how to solve the problem (syn: answer, result, solution, solvent)
- a decision to do something or to behave in a certain manner
he always wrote down his New Year's resolutions

Extra examples

We found a resolution to the dispute.

The monitor has excellent resolution.

The resolution is effective as of...

The resolution was passed by a two-thirds majority.

They have failed to comply with the resolution.

Carol made a resolution to work harder at school.

Then, with sudden resolution, she stood up.

The resolution was unanimously adopted by the Senate.

News of the conflict extinguished our hopes for a peaceful resolution.

He foreswore cigarettes as his New Year's resolution.

...the congressional resolution has symbolic value only, as it relates to a matter governed by the states and is thus nugatory...

The resolution heaved a load from off my heart.

The resolution was carried unanimously (=everyone agreed).

Many MPs denounced the resolution as a cosmetic exercise (=something which will look good, but have no real effect).

The United Nations Security Council has passed a resolution asking the two countries to resume peace negotiations.

Word forms

singular: resolution
plural: resolutions
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