so·​lu·​tion | \sə-ˈlü-shən \

Definition of solution 

1a : an action or process of solving a problem

b : an answer to a problem : explanation specifically : a set of values of the variables that satisfies an equation

2a : an act or the process by which a solid, liquid, or gaseous substance is homogeneously mixed with a liquid or sometimes a gas or solid

b : a homogeneous mixture formed by this process especially : a single-phase liquid system

c : the condition of being dissolved

3 : a bringing or coming to an end or into a state of discontinuity

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Synonyms for solution


answer, result

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Examples of solution in a Sentence

Medication may not be the best solution for the patient's condition. The solution is simple you need to spend less money. She made a solution of baking soda and water. a 40 percent saline solution He rinsed the contact lens with saline solution. the solution of sucrose in water
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In more extreme cases, the only solution is to re-grout the tile. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Clean Dirty Grout," 5 Dec. 2018 This is not just a problem for women, and the solution is working with women and men. Sally Holmes, Marie Claire, "Angelina Jolie Is Fighting the Social Stigma Faced by Survivors of Sexual Violence," 4 Dec. 2018 Maybe then, the solution is to redefine the connotations of contouring. Sandra Song, Teen Vogue, "How I Stopped Believing the Contouring Myths That Are Constantly Directed at Asian Women," 30 Nov. 2018 Minneapolis 2040 believes the solution is simply more: more construction, more high-rises, and more triplexes. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Here’s what a plan to tackle climate change, density, and affordability looks like," 27 Nov. 2018 The more hydrogen ions present, the more acidic the solution will be, and the lower the pH. SELF, "What Even Is Alkaline Water and Is It Really Better Than Regular Water?," 6 Sep. 2018 After all, if a product isn't getting rave reviews, maybe the solution is to re-work the formula instead of simply duping fans. Deanna Pai, Glamour, "The Shady World of Online Beauty Reviews," 23 Nov. 2018 One solution is to have a roster of everyone’s strengths and take inventory of what is missing, using it to guide the organization’s hirinc. Diya Khanna, The Seattle Times, "Would you hire me if you were blindfolded?," 20 Nov. 2018 One solution is to make an 8 a.m. reservation for the Disney Junior character breakfast at Hollywood & Vine and leave the restaurant before the park opens at 9 a.m.. Suzanne Rowan Kelleher, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Get on Any Disney World Ride in 30 Minutes or Less," 8 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of solution

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for solution

Middle English solucion explanation, dispersal of bodily humors, from Anglo-French, from Latin solution-, solutio, from solvere to loosen, solve

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English Language Learners Definition of solution

: something that is used or done to deal with and end a problem : something that solves a problem

: the act of solving something

: a correct answer to a problem, puzzle, etc.


so·​lu·​tion | \sə-ˈlü-shən \

Kids Definition of solution

1 : the act or process of solving His solution to the problem was to wait.

2 : an answer to a problem : explanation The solution of the math problem is on the board.

3 : the act or process by which a solid, liquid, or gas is dissolved in a liquid

4 : a liquid in which something has been dissolved a solution of sugar in water


so·​lu·​tion | \sə-ˈlü-shən \

Medical Definition of solution 

1a : an act or the process by which a solid, liquid, or gaseous substance is homogeneously mixed with a liquid or sometimes a gas or solid

called also dissolution

b : a homogeneous mixture formed by this process

2a : a liquid containing a dissolved substance an aqueous solution

b : a liquid and usually aqueous medicinal preparation with the solid ingredients soluble

c : the condition of being dissolved a substance in solution

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