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Resolve, vb. 1) to dissolve, to melt; a) trans.: “his passion --d my reason into tears,” Compl. 296. “the sea's a thief, whose liquid surge --s the moon into salt tears,” Tim. IV, 3, 442. “thaw and r. itself into a dew,” Hml. I, 2, 130. b) intr.: “as a form of wax --th from his figure 'gainst the fire,” John V, 4, 25.
2) to solve, to explain: as you will live, r. it you (viz the riddle) Per. I, 1, 71.
3) to free from doubt or perplexity and bring to a determination: “this shall absolutely r. you,” Meas. IV, 2, 225. “until our fears, --d, be by some certain king purged and deposed,” John II, 371. “r. my doubt,” H6C IV, 1, 135. Refl.: “r. thee, Richard,” H6C I, 1, 49. “r. yourselves apart,” Mcb. III, 1, 138. “I have myself --d upon a course,” Ant. III, 11, 9.
Partic. --d == a) fixed in a determination: Gent. II, 6, 12. LLL I, 1, 24. Shr. I, 1, 49. Shr. I, 1, 49 II, 395. All's II, 1, 207. R2 II, 3, 29. H5 I, 2, 222. Caes. II, 1, 202. Mcb. III, 1, 139. Oth. III, 3, 180. Per. IV, 1, 12. Per. IV, 1, 12 With a subordinate clause: “I am --d that thou shalt spend some time with Valentinus,” Gent. I, 3, 66. “I firmly am --d you shall have aid,” H6C III, 3, 219. With an inf.: “she is --d no longer to restrain him,” Ven. 579. Gent. III, 1, 76. All's III, 7, 19 (O. Edd. r.). H6A V, 1, 37. H6B V, 1, 198. Cor. I, 1, 4. II, 3, 40. Tit. I, 278. Caes. V, 1, 91. With for: “--d for flight,” Wint. IV, 4, 519. “I am --d for death or dignity,” H6B V, 1, 194. “for that I am prepared and full --d,” Tit. II, 1, 57. With on: “I am --d on two points,” Tw. I, 5, 24 (on == concerning). b) resolute, constant in purpose: “a --d villain,” John V, 6, 29. “that thy father had been so --d,” H6C V, 5, 22. “my hardy, stout --d mates,” R3 I, 3, 340.
4) to free from uncertainty or ignorance, to satisfy, to inform: “I cannot joy, until I be --d where our father is become,” H6C II, 1, 9. “that Antony may safely come to him and be --d how Caesar hath deserved to lie in death,” Caes. III, 1, 131. “to be --d if Brutus so unkindly knocked,” III, 2, 183. “how he received you, let me be -- d,” IV, 2, 14. “r. me, which way thou mightst deserve this usage,” Lr. II, 4, 25. “r. your angry father, if my tongue did e'er solicit . . . ,” Per. II, 5, 68. “he can r. you,” V, 1, 1. II, 4, 31. V, 3, 61. With of: “single I'll r. you . . . of every these happened accidents,” Tp. V, 248. “we would be --d of some things of weight,” H5 I, 2, 4. “these letters will r. him of my mind,” R3 IV, 5, 19.
Hence almost == to answer (German: Bescheid geben): “I am now going to r. him,” Meas. III, 1, 194. “r. me in my suit,” LLL II, 110. “it is as easy to count atomies as to r. the propositions of a lover,” As III, 2, 245. “what, master, read you? first r. me that,” Shr. IV, 2, 7. “may it please your highness to r. me now,” H6C III, 2, 19. “I will r. your grace immediately,” R3 IV, 2, 26. “r. me whether you will or no,” R3 IV, 2, 26 “r. me this: was it well done of rash Virginius,” Tit. V, 3, 35.
-- d == satisfied, convinced: “long since we were --d of your truth, your faithful service and your toil in war,” H6A III, 4, 20. I am --d that Clifford's manhood lies upon his tongue, H6 C II, 2, 124.
5) to make ready in mind, to prepare (German: gefasst machen): “quit presently the chapel or r. you for more amazement,” Wint. V, 3, 86. “and now he is --d to die,” Meas. III, 2, 262. “stand --d, but hope withal,” Tit. I, 135.
6) to determine, to decree, to resolve on; only in the partic. --d: “a --d and honourable war,” John II, 585. “holds his infant up and hangs --d correction in the arm,” H4B IV, 1, 213.
7) to make up one's mind, to determine: “how yet --s the governor of the town?” H5 III, 3, 1. “and so must you r., that what you cannot as you would achieve, you must perforce accomplish as you may,” Tit. II, 1, 105. With an inf.: “to obtain his will --ing,” Lucr. 129. Tp. III, 3, 13. LLL IV, 3, 371. H6A II, 1, 27. R3 IV, 2, 70. With for: “I will r. for Scotland,” H4B II, 3, 67 (== to go to Scotland). With on: “r. on this, thou shalt be fortunate, if thou receive me for thy warlike mate,” H6A I, 2, 91 (i. e. come to a resolution on this supposition, that thou shalt be fortunate etc).
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