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resolve

verb uk   /rɪˈzɒlv/  us   /-ˈzɑːlv/

resolve verb (SOLVE)

C1 [T] to solve or end a problem or difficulty: Have you resolved the problem of transport yet? The couple resolved their differences and made an effort to get along.
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resolve verb (DECIDE)

[I] formal to make a decision formally or with determination: [+ that] She resolved that she would never speak to him again. [+ adv/prep] After hours of argument, they resolved against taking legal action. [+ to infinitive] The company resolved to take no further action against the thieves.
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resolve

noun [U] uk   /rɪˈzɒlv/  us   /-ˈzɑːlv/ formal
C2 strong determination: to weaken/strengthen/test someone's resolve
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