so·​lu·​tion | \ sə-ˈlü-shən How to pronounce solution (audio) \

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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Connecticut Department of Labor Commissioner Kurt Westby said in a statement that the grant will fund programs that provide concrete solutions for victims of the opioid crisis in need of employment. Amanda Blanco,, "State gets $4.7 million federal grant to help opioid victims find jobs," 13 Sep. 2019 Earlier this year, McKnight made a grant to the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota to catalyze solutions for a clean energy future. Dave Orrick, Twin Cities, "UMN and local foundation scramble to address lawmaker’s hiring," 12 Sep. 2019 The next time your boss makes an insensitive comment or doesn’t listen to ideas from certain team members, say something—and offer a solution. Jennifer Risi, Quartz at Work, "If you really want a diverse workforce, think smaller," 12 Sep. 2019 Here's a Numberphile video explaining why this problem has proved to be so tricky: Earlier this year, Andrew Booker of the University of Bristol spent weeks with a supercomputer to finally arrive at a solution for 33. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "After 65 Years, Supercomputers Finally Solve This Unsolvable Math Problem," 9 Sep. 2019 Seeing as most of the United States doesn’t have these requirements, either, O’Rourke’s gun-control idea seems like more like wishful thinking than a viable solution. Katherine Timpf, National Review, "San Francisco Deemed the NRA a ‘Domestic Terrorist Organization’. Here’s Why That’s Wrong.," 4 Sep. 2019 After all of the suggestions are reviewed, task force members will determine the best solution for everyone impacted by the noise. Anthony Clark Carpio, Burbank Leader, "Joint task force on air traffic noise takes flight," 30 Aug. 2019 It’s time to stop admiring the problem and start creating solutions for change. Shelley Zalis, NBC News, "Shelley Zalis: 5 ways to make a difference on Women's Equality Day," 26 Aug. 2019 As the public’s focus on the plastic waste crisis narrows, the world is awash with solutions for bottles. Laura Parker, National Geographic, "How the plastic bottle went from miracle container to hated garbage," 23 Aug. 2019

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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 How to pronounce solution (audio) \

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 How to pronounce solution (audio) \

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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