solve

verb \ ˈsälv , ˈsȯlv \
Updated on: 22 Nov 2017

Definition of solve

solved; solving
transitive verb
1 : to find a solution, explanation, or answer for
  • solve a problem
  • solved the crime
2 : to pay in full
  • solve a debt
intransitive verb
: 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.

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Origin and Etymology of solve

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


SOLVE Defined for English Language Learners

solve

verb

Definition of solve for English Language Learners

  • : 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)


SOLVE Defined for Kids

solve

verb \ ˈsälv , ˈsȯlv \

Definition of solve for Students

solved; solving
: to find the answer to or a solution for
  • Can you solve the riddle?


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