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solve

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verb, \ˈsälv, ˈsȯlv\

Simple Definition of solve

  • : to find a way to deal with and end (a problem)

  • : to find the correct answer to (something, such as a riddle)

  • : to find the correct explanation for (something, such as a mystery)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of solve

solvedsolving

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to find a solution, explanation, or answer for <solve a problem> <solved the crime>

  3. 2 :  to pay (as a debt) in full

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to solve something <substitute and solve for x>

solver noun

Examples of solve in a sentence

  1. They are working to solve the traffic problem.

  2. If they'll lend us the money we need, all our problems will be solved.

  3. He couldn't solve the math problem.

  4. The mystery has been solved.

  5. The FBI has been trying to solve the case for years.



Origin of solve

Middle English, to loosen, from Latin solvere to loosen, solve, dissolve, from sed-, se- apart + luere to release — more at secede, lose


First Known Use: circa 1533

Rhymes with solve


SOLVE Defined for Kids

solve

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verb \ˈsälv, ˈsȯlv\

Definition of solve for Students

solvedsolving

  1. :  to find the answer to or a solution for <Can you solve the riddle?>





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