Resolve vs Redeem - What's the difference?

resolve | redeem |

As verbs the difference between resolve and redeem

is that resolve is (resolver) while redeem is to recover ownership of something by buying it back.




  • To find a solution to (a problem).
  • To reduce to simple or intelligible notions; to make clear or certain; to unravel; to explain.
  • to resolve a riddle
  • * Shakespeare
  • Resolve my doubt.
  • To solve again.
  • To make a firm decision to do something.
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  • To determine or decide in purpose; to make ready in mind; to fix; to settle.
  • He was resolved by an unexpected event.
  • To come to an agreement or make peace; patch up relationship, settle differences, bury the hatchet.
  • (transitive, intransitive, reflexive) To break down into constituent parts; to decompose; to disintegrate; to return to a simpler constitution or a primeval state.
  • * Shakespeare
  • O, that this too too solid flesh would melt, / Thaw, and resolve itself into a dew!
  • * Dryden
  • Ye immortal souls, who once were men, / And now resolved to elements again.
  • * {{quote-magazine, year=2013, month=July-August, author= Fenella Saunders, magazine=(American Scientist)
  • , title= Tiny Lenses See the Big Picture , passage=The single-imaging optic of the mammalian eye offers some distinct visual advantages. Such lenses can take in photons from a wide range of angles, increasing light sensitivity. They also have high spatial resolution, resolving incoming images in minute detail.}}
  • To cause to perceive or understand; to acquaint; to inform; to convince; to assure; to make certain.
  • * Alexander Pope
  • Resolve me, Reason, which of these is worse, / Want with a full, or with an empty purse?
  • * Sir Walter Raleigh
  • In health, good air, pleasure, riches, I am resolved it can not be equalled by any region.
  • * Milton
  • We must be resolved how the law can be pure and perspicuous, and yet throw a polluted skirt over these Eleusinian mysteries.
  • (music) To cause a chord to go from dissonance to consonance.
  • (computing) To find the IP address of a hostname, or the entity referred to by a symbol in source code; to look up.
  • (rare) To melt; to dissolve; to liquefy or soften (a solid).
  • (rare, intransitive, reflexive) To melt; to dissolve; to become liquid.
  • * Arbuthnot
  • When the blood stagnates in any part, it first coagulates, then resolves , and turns alkaline.
  • (obsolete) To liquefy (a gas or vapour).
  • (medicine, dated) To disperse or scatter; to discuss, as an inflammation or a tumour.
  • (obsolete) To relax; to lay at ease.
  • (Ben Jonson)

    Derived terms

    * resolvable * resolver




    (en noun)
  • Determination, will power.
  • ''It took all my resolve to go through with it.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=October 1 , author=Saj Chowdhury , title=Wolverhampton 1 - 2 Newcastle , work=BBC Sport citation , page= , passage=Alan Pardew's current squad has been put together with a relatively low budget but the resolve and unity within the team is priceless.}}


    * fortitude, inner strength, resoluteness, sticktoitiveness, tenacity




    (en verb)
  • To recover ownership of something by buying it back.
  • To liberate by payment of a ransom.
  • To set free by force.
  • To save, rescue
  • To clear, release from debt or blame
  • To expiate, atone (for ...)
  • (finance) To convert (some bond or security) into cash
  • To save from a state of sin (and from its consequences).
  • To repair, restore
  • To reform, change (for the better)
  • To restore the reputation or honour of oneself or something.
  • (archaic) To reclaim
  • Synonyms

    * (recover ownership) buy back, repurchase


    * abandon

    Derived terms

    * redeem oneself * redeemable * redeemably * redeemer * unredeemable * unredeemably * unredeemed