Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

resolution - definition and synonyms


What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.



Thesaurus diagram

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

noun     resolution pronunciation in American English
Word Forms
  1. 1
    [countable] a formal proposal that is considered by an organization and is usually voted on at a meeting

    The U.N. General Assembly passed a resolution (=formally accepted it) condemning the executions.

    resolution on:

    A resolution on Ukrainian independence was adopted by the Supreme Soviet.

  2. 2
    [uncountable] the action of solving a problem or dealing with a disagreement in a satisfactory way
    resolution of:

    Both countries called for the peaceful resolution of the border dispute.

    resolution to:

    Diplomats are hoping for a speedy resolution to the crisis.

  3. 3
    [countable] a serious decision to do something
    make a resolution to do something:

    I made a resolution to lose 15 pounds.

  4. 4
    [uncountable] the quality of being determined
  5. 5
    [uncountable] the amount of detail that you can see on a television or computer screen, or in a photograph
quiz invitation


a description of an economic or political situation based on analysis of information at the present time

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary


an unregulated form of capitalism that features financial deregulation, privatisation and low tax for high earners

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog
Macmillan learn live love play