I have been seeing phrases "The board of directors resolved on the budget." but have never heard, and in dictionaries have not found, a combination of "resolve" with preposition "on" to refer to the topic that a body must make a decision on.

The OED says to resolve in this sense generally takes an object clause, such as "The Committee resolved that it accepts the chairman's proposal." or "The shareholders resolved to go forward with the takeover bid." But when the actual tenor of the decision is not stated, only the topic on which a resolution must be passed, is it correct to use "resolve on"?

  • It's an old usage. Google Ngrams will give you some examples. – Mick Dec 13 '16 at 9:10
  • Can you link the source of the sentence or add a few more sentences before and after that sentence? The sentence is not idiomatic. – user140086 Dec 13 '16 at 9:18
  • @Rathony - "resolve on" is idiomatic. – user66974 Dec 13 '16 at 9:22
  • @JOSH I have reviewed thousands of "resolution of board of directors". I have never seen "resolve on" used. That's what I mean by not idiomatic. – user140086 Dec 13 '16 at 9:23
  • @Rathony - The expression does exist and has a different meaning from "resolve". It is idiomatic, formal and I have personally seen it used. I don't see the problem with this question. books.google.com/ngrams/… – user66974 Dec 13 '16 at 9:26

It is a formal expression used in business/legal contexts that means "decide in favour of":

Resolve on (resolve upon):

(Phrasal verb - formal)

  • the committee resolved on a subsidy for the group —


Resolve on:

  • Meaning "determine, decide upon" is from 1520s, hence "pass a resolution".


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