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resolution [noun] (DECISION)

an official decision that is made after a group or organization have voted

US /ˌrez.əˈluː.ʃən/ 
UK /ˌrez.əˈluː.ʃən/ 

to  approve/adopt  a resolution

Oxford Essential Dictionary


something that you decide to do or not to do:
Julie made a resolution to study harder.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English


resolution 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
resolution of
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)

■ verbs
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.

Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


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.
Syn:  settlement

• The government is pressing for an early resolution of the dispute.

3. uncountable the quality of being resolute or determined
Syn:  resolve
• 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  
Word Origin:
late Middle English: from Latin resolutio(n-), from resolvere ‘loosen, release’, from re- (expressing intensive force) + solvere ‘loosen’.  
Example Bank:
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

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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Collins COBUILD Advanced Learner’s English Dictionary


 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. 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.


Merriam-Webster's Advanced Learner's Dictionary

Merriam-Webster's Advanced Learner's Dictionary: 


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

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