an official decision that is made after a group or organization have voted
to approve/adopt a resolution
something that you decide to do or not to do:
Julie made a resolution to study harder.
res‧o‧lu‧tion W3 AC /ˌrezəˈluːʃən/ BrE AmE noun
[Word Family: verb: ↑resolve; noun: ↑resolution]
1. DECISION [countable] a formal decision or statement agreed on by a group of people, especially after a vote
pass/adopt/approve a resolution
The resolution was passed by a two-thirds majority.
a resolution calling for a ban on dumping nuclear waste
They have failed to comply with the resolution.
2. SOLUTION [singular, uncountable] when someone solves a problem, argument, or difficult situation
a forum for the resolution of commercial disputes
3. PROMISE [countable] a promise to yourself to do something ⇨ resolve
resolution to do something
Carol made a resolution to work harder at school.
New Year’s resolution (=a resolution made on January 1st)
4. DETERMINATION [uncountable] strong belief and determination:
Then, with sudden resolution, she stood up.
5. CLEAR PICTURE [uncountable and countable] the power of a television, camera, ↑microscope etc to give a clear picture
high/low resolution (=how clear or unclear the picture is)
▪ pass/approve a resolution The Security Council passed a resolution condemning the country’s aggression.
▪ adopt a resolution (=pass it) The resolution was adopted by 12 votes to none.
▪ reject a resolution The National Assembly rejected the resolution.
▪ propose/introduce/put forward a resolution The resolution was proposed by the chairman of the committee.
▪ table a resolution (=officially propose it) Siddall tabled a resolution asking for the Board’s approval of the Five Year Business Plan.
▪ vote on a resolution Are there any comments you wish to make before we vote on this resolution?
▪ a resolution calling for something We support the EU resolution calling for a ban on the use of these fishing nets.
▪ a resolution condemning something The UN Security Council tabled a resolution condemning the invasion.
reso·lution AW [resolution resolutions] [ˌrezəˈluːʃn] [ˌrezəˈluːʃn] noun
1. countable a formal statement of an opinion agreed on by a committee or a council, especially by means of a vote
• to pass/adopt/carry a resolution
• The UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution calling for a halt to hostilities.
2. uncountable, singular the act of solving or settling a problem, disagreement, etc.
• The government is pressing for an early resolution of the dispute.
3. uncountable the quality of being resolute or determined
• The reforms owe a great deal to the resolution of one man.
• Her resolution never faltered.
4. countable ~ (to do sth) a firm decision to do or not to do sth
• She made a resolution to visit her relatives more often.
• Have you made any New Year's resolutions (= for example, to give up smoking from 1 January)?
5. uncountable, singular the power of a computer screen, printer, etc. to give a clear image, depending on the size of the dots that make up the image
• high-resolution graphics
late Middle English: from Latin resolutio(n-), from resolvere ‘loosen, release’, from re- (expressing intensive force) + solvere ‘loosen’.
• Hopes of a peaceful resolution to the conflict were fading.
• I made a New Year resolution to give up smoking.
• She showed great resolution in her dealings with management.
• The General Assembly rejected the resolution on the subject of arms control.
• The assembly adopted a resolution approving the plan.
• The government is pressing for an early resolution of the hostage crisis.
• The legislature has approved a resolution calling for the removal of such advertising.
• The resolution called for the resumption of negotiations.
• The resolution was carried unanimously.
• a joint US-British resolution
• a monitor capable of a 1 024 by 768 pixel resolution
• a resolution condemning the invasion
• a resolution declaring independence
• methods of conflict resolution
• the likelihood of achieving a satisfactory resolution to the problem
• the non-violent resolution of conflict
• weapons banned under Resolution 687
• Have you made any New Year's resolutions?
• She has worked in the field of conflict resolution and mediation for many years.
Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary - 4th Edition
resolution / ˌrez.əˈluː.ʃ ə n / noun (DECISION)
C2 [ C ] an official decision that is made after a group or organization have voted:
to approve/adopt a resolution
[ + to infinitive ] The United Nations passed (= voted to support) a resolution to increase aid to the Third World.
C2 [ C ] a promise to yourself to do or to not do something:
[ + to infinitive ] I made a resolution to give up chocolate.
resolution / ˌrez.əˈluː.ʃ ə n / noun [ U ] ( also resoluteness ) formal approving (DETERMINATION)
He showed great resolution in facing the robbers.
resolution / ˌrez.əˈluː.ʃ ə n / noun [ S or U ] formal (SOLVING)
C2 the act of solving or ending a problem or difficulty:
a successful resolution to the crisis
resolution / ˌrez.əˈluː.ʃ ə n / noun [ U ] specialized (DETAIL)
the ability of a microscope, or a television or computer screen, to show things clearly and with a lot of detail:
a high/low resolution image
resolution / ˌrez.əˈluː.ʃ ə n / noun [ U ] specialized (SEPARATION)
the act of separating or being separated into clearly different parts:
the resolution of oil into bitumen and tar
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1) N-COUNT: usu N supp, oft N num A resolution is a formal decision taken at a meeting by means of a vote.
He replied that the UN had passed two major resolutions calling for a complete withdrawal.
...a draft resolution on the occupied territories.
2) N-COUNT If you make a resolution, you decide to try very hard to do something.
→ See also New Year's resolution
They made a resolution to lose all the weight gained during the Christmas period.
3) N-UNCOUNT Resolution is determination to do something or not do something.
`I think I'll try a hypnotist,' I said with sudden resolution.
4) N-SING: oft N to/of n The resolution of a problem or difficulty is the final solving of it. [FORMAL]
...the successful resolution of a dispute involving UN inspectors in Baghdad.
...in order to find a peaceful resolution to the crisis.
5) N-UNCOUNT: usu with supp The resolution of an image is how clear the image is. [TECHNICAL]
Now this machine gives us such high resolution that we can see very small specks of calcium.
res·o·lu·tion /ˌrɛzəˈluːʃən/ noun, pl -tions
1 a [noncount] : the act of finding an answer or solution to a conflict, problem, etc. : the act of resolving something
• a court for the resolution of civil disputes
• conflict resolution
b [count] : an answer or solution to something
• We found a resolution to the dispute.
2 : the ability of a device to show an image clearly and with a lot of detail
• computer screens with high resolutions
• The monitor has excellent resolution.
• a high-resolution copier/monitor/camera
3 [count] : a promise to yourself that you will make a serious effort to do something that you should do
• He made a resolution to lose weight. [=he resolved to lose weight]
• Her New Year's resolution [=her promise to do something differently in the new year] is to exercise regularly.
4 [noncount] : the quality of being very determined to do something : determination
• They admired his courage and resolution. [=resolve]
5 [count] : a formal statement that expresses the feelings, wishes, or decision of a group
• The assembly passed a resolution calling for the university president to step down.
6 [noncount] : the point in a story at which the main conflict is solved or ended
• the resolution of the plot